By Ahmed ‘Lateef
The Kwara State House of Assembly yesterday called on the state government to set machinery in motion for the implementation of the state Security Trust Fund Law.
It also asked the government to expedite action on the trust fund law with a view to guaranteeing security and safety of the citizenry.
The call was sequel to a Motion on Notice titled “Need to implement the Kwara State Security Trust Fund Law”, which a lawmaker representing Irepodun Constituency, Hon. Felix Omotayo Awodiji, raised on the floor of the House yesterday.
Awodiji advocated dedicated Security Trust Fund through donations of individuals and corporate bodies for security to ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
He described as disturbing the rising wave of criminalities in the state, particularly the recent #ENDSARS Protest, which culminated in looting and arson of both public and private property.
The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, said the Trust Fund when operational, would make the security agents to be proactive in the discharge of their duties and in turn safeguard the citizens of the state.
The Herald reports that the protest against the brutality of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was climaxed with looting and vandalization of public and private property in the state.
In another development, the Kwara State House of Assembly yesterday approved the sum of N243.5million received as COVID-19 donations for procurement of medical equipment and construction of molecular laboratories in the state.
The approval came after the lawmakers took turns to debate the request of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on the utilization of the donated fund.
Governor AbdulRazaq, had in a letter transmitted to the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, and read during yesterday’s plenary, sought the approval of the state legislature to utilize the COVID-19 donations for medical facilities in fighting the pandemic.
The House Leader, Abubakar Magaji Olawoyin, who led the House debate on the request, applauded the governor for his transparency in running the affairs of the state.
Other lawmakers, who spoke on the matter, tasked the state government to ensure that COVID-19 medical facilities are provided in the three Senatorial Districts of the state in order to stem the tide of the disease.
The Speaker, Yakubu Danladi Salihu, therefore directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs Halimah Jummai Kperogi, to notify the Governor on the approval of his request.