Sunday, July 18, 2021


The new leadership of the Ogun State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) have restated commitment to sustain mutual relationship and synergize to ensure success of the forthcoming 2021 Local Government elections.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to OGSIEC headquarters OKE-ilewo, Abeokuta, the new Commandant of the Corps, Commander Kolawole Taiwo, disclosed that the meeting was to familiarize himself with the Commission and to further synergize on how to sustain the already established security measures for the elections, promising to

“I consider it very needful to visit the Commission to familiarize myself with it having resumed in Ogun State few weeks back, more so, that Ogun State is planning to conduct Local Government elections, I want to assure you of our total support to ensure the security of lives and property during the elections as our men have already started working based on the intelligence that we have. We have identified some flash points and we have started working to nip any ugly occurrence in the bud”, he said.

Commandant Taiwo appreciated the Commission for according the NSCDC recognition in its activities, promising that the election would be conducted to the delight of the people of Ogun State as all hands would be on deck to make the exercise peaceful and credible.

Responding, OGSIEC Chairman, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu expressed delight at the visit, stating that the NSCDC had been an ardent supporter of the Commission, he appreciated the Corp for heeding to the request of the Commission by providing it with security personnel as well training of OGSIEC top management and other staff on personal security.

While wishing Commander Taiwo a successful tenure in Ogun State, the OGSIEC boss commended the NSCDC personnel posted to the Commission for professionalism and proactiveness in the discharge of their duties, submitting that, “we see you as worthy partners in the forthcoming elections”

While giving the vote of thanks, Public relations Officer of the Corps, ASC Ogbonaya Dyke, appreciated the Commission for the warm reception, assuring that the visit would further cement mutual relationship between the two organizations even after the election.

With exactly one week to the much anticipated 2021 Local Government elections in Ogun State, the media has been described as a very crucial stakeholder in engendering free, fair and credible elections as its role cannot be overestimated.

To this end, the Ogun State independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) recently put together a media parley, to appreciate the media, evaluate and further brainstorm on its preparation for the exercise.

Speaking during the parley, held in Abeokuta, Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, noted that it was necessary to recognize the immense contribution of the media in sensitizing the people, saying, without the media, the people will not be aware of the activities of the Commission.

“I want you to know that we owe you in high esteem, we recognize you as the Fourth Estate of the Realm, your role in elections cannot be overemphasized. Without the Media, the people will not know that election is holding on 24th of July, let alone be aware of our preparations and the need to know what is expected of the people on the day of the elections. With your support and ardent backing for us as a Commission, we know the people of Ogun State will further hear us loud and clear, we are rest assured that the people trust you to give them the news as it is.”, Osibodu said.

While responding to questions and suggestions during the Parley, the OGSIEC boss stated that the Commission was intensifying efforts to ensure that voter education is extended to the hinterland and to the people at the grassroots, making use of posters and  jingles in English, Yoruba as well as Egun Languages, adding that Paramount Rulers and other Traditional Rulers had been visited to help propagate the gospel of free, fair and credible elections.

In their separate remarks, the General Manager, Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Mrs. Toyin Sogbesan, Secretary, State Media Analysis Team, Mr. Lanre Ogunyinka as well as Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist, NUJ, Ogun State Council, Mr. Soji Amosun, appreciated the Commission for its robust media engagements, calling for security of journalists during the elections, sustenance of the momentum by intensifying voter education.

The event was attended by Commissioners and top management of OGSIEC, media personalities from the electronic and print media, Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) as well as bloggers

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