Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has said the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, should be held responsible, if anything bad happens to any All Progressives Congress (APC) member.
He said he had credible information that Obanikoro and Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, who hails from the state, had instructed security agents to assassinate two APC members.
The governor spoke yesterday at the launch of the students’ smart identity card at the Salvation Army Middle School in Alekuwodo, Osogbo.
Urging security agents to remain non-partisan, Aregbesola condemned what happened on Monday at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, where APC campaigners were turned back by security operatives while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaigners were allowed into the park.
Faulting Obanikoro’s presence in Osun, Aregbesola said APC members had been told to be law-abiding but may react if pushed to the wall.
He said: “How could the PDP be this desperate? Obanikoro and Adesiyan told security agents that by the time two APC members are killed, other members will learn from it and the APC’s stiff resistance would be destroyed.
“We urge security agencies not to allow themselves to be used by these PDP ministers, whose party was terrorising our state before the inception of this administration.
“I am using this medium to tell security operatives that Osun people are law-abiding; they have always been contributing to the payment of your salaries and you are not supposed to harass them with the guns which were bought for you with tax money”.
On the identity card for students, the governor said Information Communication Technology (ICT) is among other promising paths his administration has chosen to tread to bring the much needed development to the state.
Osun is the first state to provide students with an identification card containing their biometrics.
With the card, each student is a uniquely identifiable individual and cannot be mistaken for another person. With it, the government can easily identify genuine students in public schools and gain access to their details at the press of a key.
Listing some of the benefits of the initiative, Aregbesola said the O’MEALS and other supplies to pupils would be coordinated through the smart card just as it would eliminate fraud and accounting errors.
The governor said: “We have applied it to our revenue collection and tax administration and got good results. Immediately we deployed it in our revenue collection system, our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) improved by 100 per cent from N300 million to N600 million”.
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