Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Monday pledged to facilitate the creation of more local government areas in the state so as to stimulate grassroots development.
Aregbesola made the promise in Ile-Ife during the inauguration of Oranmiyan Security Tower and Complex.
He also called for the engagement of competent security personnel to work at the security tower and complex.
He said that competent personnel, who would not abandon their duty posts, would be engaged to tackle the rising menace of armed robbers and hoodlums in the town.
Aregbesola said that Ile-Ife had been constantly under the siege of armed robbers and hoodlums due to the heavy concentration of banks and other financial institutions in the town.
He, however, said that the tower would facilitate efforts to monitor all the nooks and crannies of Ile-Ife, while enhancing the safety of the town.
He said that the security tower and complex would boost economic activities in Ile-Ife, particularly in the Lagere neighbourhood where the tower was sited.
Earlier, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who was represented by Oba Samuel Omisakin, the Obalufe of Iremo, Ile-Ife, commended Aregbesola for executing several development projects in the state.
Sijuwade said that the governor had considered it expedient to initiate plans and strategies to tackle the security challenges facing the people of Ile-Ife and Osun in general.
He urged the citizens of the state to support the efforts of the Aregbesola-administration to take the state to greater heights.