A joint effort, starting from good parenting has been advocated as a solution to ending insecurity in Ikorodu.
The Ikorodu Division Peace Initiative made the call at a stakeholders meeting themed: Security Challenges in the Ikorodu Division: Way Forward held at the Ikorodu Town Hall on Tuesday focused the the raging security issues in the town.
The issues discussed at the stakeholders meeting included land grabbing, drug abuse, inter-cult groups imbroglio, kidnapping and implications of ban of Okada operations in some Local Government which excludes Ikorodu Division together with the increasing cases of cyber crimes.
In a communique signed by its Secretary, Salami Awolaru, the organization stated that security is a collective responsibility that starts with the family giving proper parenting to their children.
It also called on the Obas to look into the issue of land grabbing in the community and speak in unison to get land grabbers stamped out of the community.
The communique reads in part, “Security is a collective responsibility that involves every stratum of the community. Every family must look inward while parents should do what is expected of them by giving adequate training and mentoring to their children and wards. Proper parenting roles were strongly advocated
“Government must improve on the welfare package for all Security Agencies in order to enhance effective discharge of their onerous responsibilities.
“All the Obas in lkorodu Division must be resolute and speak in unison to ensure that the land mercenaries or land grabbers do not operate in their respective domains.
“The meeting condemned in its entirety the absence of all the Chairmen of Local Government/ LCDA’s in Ikorodu Division and urged them in future to endeavor to partake on issues relating to the progress and development of the community.”
The stakeholders also agreed that Okadas be banned in Ikorodu but an alternative means of transportation be provided to ease transport difficulties.
It advised landlords in the community to do their due diligence before admitting tenants into their houses.
Ahead of the general elections, it appealed to leaders of all political parties to ensure that democratic processes be allowed to prevail without imposition of candidates on the people.
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