As the Oyo State Amotekun Corps clocks two years today 18th November, 2022, the fact that the Oyo State Amotekun Board of governance and other stake holders has failed in given the state own security outfit a befitting and timely personnel development since the passing out parade in November 2020 at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education in Oyo cannot becloud me to notice and inform the general public that the Oyo State Government and the Oyo State Amotekun management team are gradually booting. The management team just organized two day leadership training for the “subservient” educated Oyo State Amotekun operatives, who are presently ruling over by stark illiterates of the Oyo State Amotekun operatives who are predominantly Odua People Congress (OPC) caucus. Likewise, two days impromptu training was organized for the media team, apart from the ineffective training that had been organized for the Oyo State Amotekun IPOs in December 2021, all these training and others, if structurally and professionally organized, shall go a long way to make the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun corps one of the great Security outfit in the South West region.
“Yin-ni-yin, k’eni se mi”, Kudos to the Oyo State Government and the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun corps board of Governance for embarking on the spur-of-the-moment training exercise for the Oyo State Amotekun corps personnel. In fact, the Oyo State Government, Oyo State Amotekun Board of Governance and the Oyo State Amotekun operatives are having tendency of performing greatly in securing lives and properties of the Oyo State citizens, is only that the Oyo State Amotekun Board of Governance’s decisions is being influenced by the Odua People Congress (OPC) caucus interest and the Oyo State Amotekun operatives’ brilliant performance is being impeded by the unprofessional administration of the Board of Governance.
The Oyo State Security Network Agency Management team should bear it in mind that “to whom much is given, much is expected” it is not an over statement that each members of the Oyo State Amotekun Management team is resourceful and should be able to perform the task of professionalizing the activities of the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps and Government of the day is ready to do everything possible in securing lives and properties of its citizens, but the interest of Odua Peoples Congress Caucus (OPC) who feel that their members in the Oyo State Amotekun Corps may not benefit or be at the corridor of power if the activities of the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps should be professionalized or educational Certificate be used as required by the Oyo state Civil Service Commission, in line with section 39 (3) of the Oyo State Security Network Agency Law 2020. The Oyo State Amotekun deputy commandant and host of other strong OPC members is therefore, day in day out try all possible means not to let professionalism operates in the activities of Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps, which is contrary to the section 8 (e) of the Oyo State Security Network Agency Law 2020.
In actual sense, the Oyo State Government and the Oyo State Amotekun Management team, base on their experience as mapped out in section 7 (2) of the Oyo State Security Network Agency Law 2020, and the provision of necessary document (Amotekun Law 2020) and equipment by the Oyo State Government which can take the Oyo State Amotekun personnel and the Agency to an enviable status, but all are being over-shadowed by the Odua Peoples Congress interest of the State Commandant and his Deputy. The OPC members in Oyo State sees the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amoteku Corps as a security outfit belong to the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) and therefore trying everything possible to prevent the use of academic qualification, para-military raking / grading structure, working vigorously against provision of code of conduct / operational manual, organizational structure and many other military and para-military practices that can lead to professionalism in the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps activities.
A grotesque caricature of virtue of the Oyo State Amotekun operatives by the Oyo State Security Network (Amotekun) Management team is inviting the Oyo State Amotekun’s operative for Diploma course in University of Ibadan, imagine, these Oyo State Amotekun operative, to best of my knowledge have been denied opportunity of using NCE, ND, HND, Degrees certificates holding, under the umbrella of “you are not being recruited with academic qualifications”. Despite the common slogan of “a f’iwe gba yin” the Oyo State Amotekun Management team is requesting for the selected Oyo State Amotekun who can read and write, what an ironical administration!
Mark my word, base on information gathered, in the next three or four months to this time, when Akinro, the State deputy commandant and other OPC members among the Oyo State Amotekun operatives might have completed the Diploma Program advertised by University of Ibadan, who has promise to pass and issue the Diploma Certificate to any Oyo State Amotekun operatives that applied, academic qualification would be considered for the Oyo State Amotekun Corps. Anyway, the fact that the University of Ibadan is awarding her Certificate for only Students who have been founded worthy in character, sound and dedicated learning, the University of Ibadan Consultancy unit, dare not award Unibadan certificate to the hoodlums and thugs recruited as security personnel in the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps. Is the Oyo State Amotekun management team not contradicting itself? Or the Oyo State Amotekun Management team does not know what the Agency needs are?
Pessimistically, since the needs assessment, process assessment, structure/ranks assessment, criteria and modality assessment of the on-going impromptu trainings in the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps is not considered by the Oyo State Amotekun Board of Governance, would these trainings be result oriented?
The Oyo State Amokun Board of Governance has forgotten that during their years of service as military / para-militay and Civil service work trainings and seminars for personnel development are organized base on rank and grade level of the officers / staffs and each participant will be adequately remunerated. The reverse is the case in the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun’s on-going trainings and seminars. This on-going impromptu training exercise is aimed at misappropriate the fund investing in the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun corps and to ultimately wheedle the Oyo State Government and Oyo State citizen on the achievement of the Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun corps toward two years anniversary, is just to fleshify and cover-up the failure of unfruitful and unprofessional administration of the Oyo State Amotekun;s Commandant led administration. Honestly, the seminar and training exercise are better now than never, but whatever worth doing must be done perfectly well.
The Oyo State Government and the Amotekun Board of Governance should know that “what worth doing, must be done well” training and seminar are necessary for the personnel and organizational development but it has to follow a strict professional structure which shall enable the participant to utilize and implement what they have learnt in the seminar/training exercise. Likewise, career progression through schooling while serving is not a crime, but must be done in such a way to allow the interested personnel entitle to un-interrupted study leave, which shall not conflicts the personnel primary assignment and will not allow presentation of fake Certificate to deceive the Oyo State Government like that of Salisu Buhari of Toronto University of 1999, who deceived the Federal Republic of Nigeria and many other fake educational Certificate holders detected by the NSA office some years back.
Sequel to my recent journey to Ondo State, the professional structure praying for in the Oyo State Security Network and Amotekun Corps will not be requested for in isolation, here are few Ondo State Amotekun Corps photographs showing their respective ranks wear on the Ondo State Amotekun Uniform. Likewise, the Ondo State Amotekun is having Area Command Offices being headed by academic qualified Amotekun officers. In Ondo State the trainings and seminars are attended base on rank of the operatives. Why should Oyo State Security Network be different?
In conclusion, requesting for the assistance of United State of America (USA) security experts is a good and innovative idea and the US security experts should be invited to train the Oyo State Amotekun operatives but this training should not be done under the auspices of the Oyo State Amotekun management team, who believe in localizing security by using juju at this era of technology advancement, for the management team are ready to do everything possible to thwart the effort.
Therefore, the Oyo State Government is beseech to see that the activities of the Oyo State Security Network and Amotekun Corps is professionalized, so as not to make the trainings/seminar program a mere process, but a good result oriented. Therefore, there must be structure / grade level for the Oyo State Amotekun operatives in accordance with section 8 (e-f) of the Oyo State Security Network Agency Law 2020. Establishment of Independent Amotekun Complaints Committee, in line with section 23, so as to carry out the out-lined duties of section 24 of the Oyo State Security Network Agency Law 2020, as this shall facilitate discipline and effectiveness of the Oyo State Amotekun officers and operatives. Provision of code of conduct / standard operational procedure, appointment letter stating the terms and condition of service, activation of pension as contain in section 37 (1) of the Oyo State Security Network Agency Law 2020, and any other benefits being enjoyed by the Oyo State Civil Servants, such as OYRTMA, OYACA.
Above photograph is the proof of professionalism and personnel development upholds by the Ondo State Government for the Ondo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps personnel. The commissioned Ondo State Amotekun’s officers are decorated with various of rank of ideal security outfit of the world standard with the Oyo State Amotekun operatives without ranking structure.
I, Segun Adebowale wish the Oyo State Government, the Oyo State Amotekun Board of Governance, the Oyo State Amotekun corps commandant, the Oyo State Deputy Commandant and the Oyo State Amotekun operatives two years anniversary of personnel stagnation and unprofessional administration.
Oyo State Amotekun operatives, more and better years ahead.
By Segun Adebowale