Issues Trail Establishment Of Operation Amotekun
Certain stakeholders in the newly launched joint security outfit, Western Nigeria Security Network popularly known as Operation Amotekun have called for some salient issues regarding the scheme to be addressed.
Top on the list of issues raised is the alleged N13,500 monthly payment expected to be earned by personnel of the outfit.
Another issue been raised is the process of recruitment and calibre of people that will be brought into the scheme.
Speaking on the proposed remuneration for personnel of the scheme, the Agbekoya Farmers’ Association, have rejected the amount and called for an upward review.
President-General of the association, Chief Kamorudeen Okikiola, who spoke noted that the rationale behind the launch of the outfit is highly commendable but the proposed remuneration was poor.
Okikiola said: “The Operation Amotekun is a welcome initiative by the governors but they do not have a concrete plan as regards recruitment of personnel. What kind of people will be recruited? Are they going to recruit those without any security experience? How much will they be paid monthly? You cannot pay someone who wants to confront armed criminals N13,500. Let us tell ourselves the truth, the Police cannot venture into the forests to confront these criminals. If the governors are serious, they should start with N50, 000 as monthly pay. This will motivate those who will be part of the outfit.
“If the governors do not want casualities, they (governors) should recruit personnel who have a background in security and can confront the armed criminals.”
Similarly, the Soludero Hunters Association, have also called for a forum where all personnel of the outfit can meet and identify one another.
Speaking through its National President, Oba Nureni Anabi, the hunters promised to work for the success of the scheme while also urging an upward review of the proposed salary structure of the scheme.
“We are happy at the proactive move of our governors. They have shown good leadership qualities by launching the Amotekun security outfit. Now, we can sleep with our two eyes closed.
“We, the Soludero Hunters Association, will do our best to ensure that the outfit remains.
“Having launched the outfit, I want a forum where all of us that would work in the outfit would meet ourselves.
“This is very important because as of now, we don’t know ourselves and this is very dangerous when we talk of security. This will enable us to familiarize and know one another.
“I heard that the Oyo State government alone purchased 33 patrol vans, while other states donated 20 vehicles,” Anabi said.
However, reacting to the concerns and allegations, Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said no amount has been agreed yet as remuneration for members of the scheme, adding that a meeting has been scheduled to hold in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to discuss the salary structure of the scheme and other pending issues.
“All those to be employed should be rest assured that the states would remunerate them handsomely for their services. We are yet to decide on the amount to pay the personnel. All that you read on social media are not true.
“After our meeting in Ibadan today, we will jointly agree on a uniform amount to pay the personnel including the hunters, Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, and Agbekoya that are ready to lay down their lives to ensure that our people in the zone sleep with their two eyes closed.
“But at the same time, I want to appeal to them to consider what they are about to do as service to humanity and not make the remuneration as their priority.
“The security of the lives and property of the people in the region is of paramount importance to the six governors, hence, this concept should be applauded.”
Source: Naija News