Kogi state government has resolved to partner private sector to actualise the mandate of the state’s security trust fund.
The Executive Chairman, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Alhaji Abdulmalik Teina Samari, made this known during the inaugural meeting at the trust fund’s board in Lokoja on Wednesday.
Samari emphasised the need to partner relevant stakeholders, especially the private sector to compliment government’s efforts to achieve peace and security in the state.
“The vision of Governor Yahaya Bello in getting the Kogi State Security Trust Fund to become functional is to ensure government is focused on providing the conducive environment with the necessary working tools for all security agents and agencies operating in the state.
“The State’s Security Trust Fund, though established by law years ago, is only becoming functional with the structures, personnel and funding it requires to achieve its mandate because of the commitment of His Excellency, the Digital Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who has the understanding of the importance of having a secured state and environment for economy to thrive.
“The Kogi State Security Trust Fund, like other states’ security trust funds has the major objective to provide funding for the acquisition and deployment of security equipment and other resources as shall be found necessary for the effective functioning of security agencies operating in the state,” he said.
Samari emphatically thanked the Governor for giving him the opportunity to serve the state at this capacity and solicited the cooperation of the Trustees and the management staff to enable him build on the legacies of his predecessors.
Responding on behalf of the Trustees, Hon. Paul Iselewa congratulated the Chairman on his well deserved appointment describing it as “a square peg in a square hole”.
Iselewa said “the peaceful atmosphere and security of lives and property being enjoyed in Kogi State is largely attributed to the massive support by the state government, through the State Security Trust Fund, to the security agencies.”
He pledged the unalloyed support of the Trustees to ensure the Chairman succeed.