The Conference of Speakers of Southwest states legislatures have called for state policing and regional security summit to be convened by the Southwest state governors to profer a practical way out of the present insecurity in the zone.
Additionally, the Speakers want the governors to purchase security helicopter and drones for aerial survellance of the region.
These are part of the ongoing discussion of the Speakers and majority leaders of the state Houses of Assembly in the region.
The Speakers and majority leaders of the states Houses of Assembly in the Southwest States under the auspices of Conference of Speakers of Southwest States Legislatures are currently meeting in Ibadan.
It was gathered that issues that bothers on security situation of the region, activities of the Western Nigeria Security Network (codenamed Operation Amotekun), financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary as it relates to the ongoing strike of workers in the two arms, state policing and the impact of DAWN Commission are some of the issues that the Conference have been brainstorming on in a bid to find a lasting solution.
The Chairman, Conference of Speakers of Southwest States Legislatures, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun, who is also the Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly is chairing the meeting.
In his opening remarks, the Speaker of Oyo state house of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin said the present state of insecurity in the country called for handing over the control of security apparatus to the state Governors.
The Chairman Conference of Speakers of Southwest states Legislatures, Bamidele Oleyelogun called on the federal government to rise and take concrete position by conveying a National security summit.
In their various remarks, the Speakers Olakunle Oluomo (Ogun) Funminiyi Afuye (Ekiti) called on the Southwest Governors to frown and take bold position to protect the Southwest states, especially by empowering forest guard.
Speaking on behalf of the forum of the majority leaders in the region, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade stated that the law of Amotekun should be strengthened to further comprises surveillance and give royal fathers a role to play in the issue of security.
The Oyo State Chairman, Judiciary Staff Union (JUSUN), Comrade Kayode Martins and the Zonal Vice President (Southwest), Parliamentary Staff Union (PASAN) Comrade Adu-Peters Olusegun who were also in attendance gave an update on the ongoing JUSUN and PASAN strike also present at the meeting.
The Director-General, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Mr Seye Oyeleye and some officials of the commission are also in attendance.
A communique is expected to be issued at the end of the meeting.