Ondo Monarch, Oba Olajide Bags Police Award as Traditional Ruler of the Year in Abuja

A traditional ruler, the Iresi of Osi Community in Akure North local government area of Ondo State, Oba David Olajide has been nominated as the Traditional Ruler of the Year (2021) Award by Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC.

The Police Community Relations Committee was established on May 8th, 1984, by retired Inspector General of Police, IGP, late Sir Etim Inyang to  other things, promote police community collaboration, in order to address community security concerns, provide actionable information on crimes and criminalities as well as logistics support for the police. It is non-political, non-religious, non-ethnic and non-profit organization.

In a letter addressed to the monarch, the PCRC leadership said, “Your nomination for this Award is predicated on your prompt response in welcoming the newly created police zone 17 headquarters in Akure by donating 2.6 hectares of land and also going ahead to build the first set of administrative structures for the police.

It would also be recalled that the Monarch built and equipped a Divisional Police Headquarters in his community for the town few years ago.

“Your act of love will in no small measure deepen police community integration in the zone, for safety and security, which we deeply appreciate His Royal Highness.

“Your conferment ceremony will take place at the grand finale of the PCRC end of the year events holding on Wednesday December 8th, 2021, in Abuja,” the letter reads.

PCRC commends Osi Akure, Ondo State, for donating land, building to police

The national headquarters of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), has commended David Okunato, the Osi of Akure, Ondo State, for donating 2.6 meters of land to the police.

The commendation is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Deputy National Secretary of the committee, Amb. Austen Young.

The statement was issued preparatory to the end-of-year and award-giving ceremony of the PCRC scheduled for Wednesday in Abuja.

“Okunato also single-handedly built a 12-room administrative block to ensure that one of the new zonal commands created in 2020, Zone 17, begins operations successfully,’’ the statement added.

Okunato will be conferred with the PCRC’s Star Award at the event, alongside other award recipients.

They are governors of Kano, Ogun and Anambra states, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, Chief Dapo Abiodun and Mr Willie Obiano, respectively, and the wife of Edo governor, Mrs Besty Obaseki.

Other award recipients are Dangote and Rochas Okorocha Foundations.

According to the statement, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr Austin Iwar, will present the Guest Lecture entitled: “The value of police-community partnership in community-oriented policing.’’

The statement indicated the occasion would be chaired by a former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Musiliu Smith, who is also the Chairman, Police Service Commission.

“This is the first PCRC award at the national level in 37 years and members of the public selected for the awards.

“This reflects the desire of the PCRC for improved living conditions of the populace, security, and police-community integration,’’ it added. (NAN)