The Ondo state government has enjoined all security agencies to join hands in tackling the problem– of insecurity in parts of the country.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu made the call during the inauguration of the Military, Police and Paramilitary Public Relations Forum (MILPOPPROF), Friday in Akure.
According to the governor, it has become necessary for public relations officers to rise up in unison and bridge the communication gap between the security agencies on one hand, and the general public on the other hand in other to curb crimes.
The governor, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters, Mr Jimoh Dojumo, said: “As ambassadors of different security agencies, it is mandatory for you to ensure that there is adequate and timely relaying of information to the public in order to ameliorate unnecessary tensions.’’
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police for the state, CP Undie Adie, commended the peace and conflict resolution resource centre for removing the long-existing vacuum among the rank and file of security agencies.
The police boss, who was represented by DCP Olusola Joseph, said the launching of MILPOPPROF, Ondo state chapter, would help in promoting peaceful coexistence among security operatives.
He encouraged the Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO) from the various security agencies to avoid unnecessary rivalry and embrace unity, as this would help in building a great legacy for tomorrow.
Similarly, the Vice Chairman of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in the state, Mr Olufunmilayo Ikuodiranle, while delivering a lecture titled: “Esprit de Corps and Inter-Agency Cooperation” said the initiative of bringing all military, police and paramilitary public relation officers together would enhance inter-agency cooperation, professionalism and a crisis-free relationship.