5th September, 2011
The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun has disclosed that the state will a Truth Commission on Thursday to enable indigenes who have one or two complains of brutality and harassment against the past government get a hearing.
The governor disclosed this today in his address during the interactive forum to mark his administration’s 100 days in office held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.
The governor also explained that the administration will establish a joint military/police task force called “Operation Messa”, revealing that the state government has secured the approval of President Goodluck Jonathan to set up the task force to tackle the security challenge in the state.
According to Amosun “we are determined to ensure that the hoodlums do not find our state a comfortable base. We have restored an atmosphere of peace in which the government and its functionaries now freely relate with the people.”
He also revealed that his government in order to difffuse the tension in the state will establish a Truth Commission aimed at investigating and placating the people of the state who lost their lives and property during the last administration but did not have appropriate opportunity to seek redress.
The commission would be headed by former Supreme Court Justice, Justice Pius Aderemi. Other members are Justice Abdulahi Mustapha, former Chief Judge of Federal High Court; Justice Dolapo Akinsanya, former Judge of Lagos, and Barr. Bamidele Aturu, a Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist.
Amosun disclosed that the fifth member was a nominee from the state branch of the NBA, Barr. Tunji Onabawo, adding that the commission would be inaugurated on Thursday this week with appropriate information about its mode of sitting and operation.
Speaking on the state of education in the state, Amosun stated that the education system in the state needed to be overhauled for government’s investment to be meaningful, adding that, “the state government will set up visitation/fact finding panels for our higher institutions.”
The panel members will help to “ascertain the true situation of things and make appropriate recommendation on the way forward.”
In the area of healthcare delivery, the governor said, “we have begun the repair of 50 primary health care centres across the 20 local government areas. New equipment will also be provided in these centers.”
Amosun added, “our promise to provide affordable housing for the people is gradually taking off on a solid foundation. As part of our rural and urban renewal scheme, we have begun rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads across the state.”
By Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta