Ogun State Government has assured that adequate security would be provided during this year’s African Drum Festival, as security agencies, comprising men of the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Vigilante Services, would be on ground to ensure the security of lives and property.
The State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Basorun Muyiwa Oladipo, who made this known in Abeokuta on a live television programme, noted that the State remained one of the most secured and peaceful states in the country, saying however that security agents would be at alert just as traffic agencies would also be on ground to ensure free flow of traffic during the event.
“Security is perfect, it is in top gear. Ogun State happens to be one of the most secured states in the country and of course the Police, the Vigilante and NSCDC are on ground. We are ready to also police ourselves and of course, don’t forget that aside from being one of the most secured states, Ogun State is also warm and receptive,” he said.
On the availability of parking spaces during the festival, Basorun Oladipo disclosed that the entire Cultural Centre, beside the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium, would also be available for parking.
“Don’t forget that the entire Cultural is just by the stadium. The car park at the stadium, any day, any time would take over 500 vehicles. The car park at the Cultural Centre would take over 80 cars as well. Parking wouldn’t be a problem as men of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), would be on ground to handle that, ” he said.
He also confirmed that about 25 States, 70 Private Troupes/ Groups and 15 African Countries, have signified interest to attend the festival.