One of the best strategies to provide security is to tackle the root causes of insecurity. Leaders must understand that crime is a symptom of deprivation and the lack of opportunity for the young people in most cases. It has been globally recognized that unemployment is a key promoter of social troubles. Without restoring the hopes of the growing population of our unemployed youths, it will be difficult to rule out cases of desperation, social degradation, drug abuse and other forms of criminal activities.
The two dominant drivers of insecurity around the world are the political and economic systems. Transnational crimes, cybercrime, ethnic division, geo-politics and all other forms of threats to national security are reflections of the foundational problems in a country or state. These crimes are all interrelated such that anyone who perpetrates any one of them can also do the others.
Security design techniques have evolved over time and technological changes and innovations have equally placed a new demand on governments to rethink the way they approach security. Whatever measure we are putting in place, it must deter and must also be capable of detecting a threat by giving early warning signals. How a given security system responds to threats remains a good measure of its effectiveness and efficiency.
In Ekiti, we are going to complement the existing security system with major investments in infrastructure for electronic and procedural security. We need a visionary leader who has a good understanding of the linkages between the socio-political issues involved in managing security challenges and the best way to deploy the services of community police and out traditional institutions.