Governor Godwin Obaseki
50 years ago.
He stated this while addressing a special Security Council meeting with stakeholders
in Edo South senatorial district, on Monday in Benin.
Obaseki said; “Our forestry laws that have not been updated in more than 50 years
now have been updated. And part of the provisions of the law is that we will now re-
energise the institution of forest guards.
“We are currently in discussion with the Federal Ministry of Environment and some
other stakeholders to begin the recruitment of the first set of forest police.
“They will support the activities of all the other security agencies. We have
completed documentation and audit of all our forests in Edo, particularly in Edo
“We have done a flyover of all our forests and as we speak, we have set up a new
forestry commission,’’ he said.
“We shall enforce local government laws on market places which stipulate that it is
only the local government that is entitled to register markets and shut illegal
“Any place where trading is currently taking place and such place has not been
registered will be shut immediately as part of new security measures,’’ the governor
Gov. Obaseki had held similar meetings with stakeholders in Edo North and Edo
Central senatorial districts earlier to review security strategies and tackle insecurity.
He said the government in partnership with relevant stakeholders was strengthening
the security architecture and adopting various measures to sustain security in the
Some of the measures according to him are bush combing, registration of motorbikes
and marketplaces, signing of the anti-grazing laws, and residents’ registration,
“The responsibility of any government in any society is to guarantee the security and
safety of the people.
“That is why for us in Edo, given what is going on in the country today, we have
decided that security is now our number one priority,’’ Obaseki stressed.