Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Government at all levels have been called upon to go all out to tackle various insecurity challenges confronting the country as they would only aggravate the already worsen problem of unemployment and poverty bedeviling the nation.
A university don from Sociology department, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Dr Aborishade Richard made this call while speaking recently at a one day seminar for security agents and other stakeholders in betting business from four local governments of Ikenne, Remo North, Ijebu North and Odogbolu.
The one day seminar held at Memphis Hotel, Isara Remo was sponsored by bet9ja, one of Nigeria’s leading sport betting companies.
Dr Richard Aborishade said “there is no bigger threat to our much desired economic prosperity than the rising challenges of insecurity across the country. Nobody invest where it is not safe and when investors are driven away, there are no companies for about a million graduates Nigeria produces annually to work. This further compounds our worrisome problem of unemployment and poverty”.
The University don who spoke on “Betting Environment And It’s Security: Panacea To Better Customer Relationship, Good Business and Customers’ Safety urged the federal government to strengthen the country’s security architecture by funding and equiping the security agents to rise up to the occasion warning of dire consequences should the government continue to drag its feet.
Dr Aborishade described betting business as a huge gold mine contributing about N3bn daily to the economy of the country and serving as sources of income for millions of Nigerians.
He revealed that gone were the days when betting was associated with the never-do-well in the society describing it as another money spinning venture that has assisted in lifting many people out of poverty.
Rather than going about to harass or intimidate people who are into betting activities, the university lecturer urged the security agents to see these people as partners in progress doing legitimate business to contribute their quota to the economy of the nation and should therefore be given requisite support.
Aborishade also told the betting agents at the seminar not to turn their shops to pavilion of miscreants and people with criminal tendencies urging them to also be security conscious as anything short of this might also make their business to collapse.
The university lecturer urged the betting agents to always make their business environment to be neat and welcoming as this would also help to attract many high profile customers who ordinarily would not want to have anything doing in a dirty environment
Speaking on behalf of the police, SP Akeem Salako, DPO of Iperu division said in as much as the police remain friends of members of the public, they would however not support any lawless acts appealing to the betting agents not to turn their business premises to Indian hemp or any other hard drugs joint or comfort zones for cultisim among others.
Coordinator of Bet9ja for the four local governments, Hon Akinbowale Adesegun said the essence of the seminar was to bring together all the stakeholders in the betting business such as the agents, the customers and the security agents with a view to having better understanding of what are expected of every stakeholder in the betting business
Hon Akinbowale said “it is my utmost belief that this one day seminar organised by Bet9aija for its agents, customers and security agents such as the police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence among others will facilitate better understanding, enhance cordial relationship between us and the security agents while we are also tutored the more on how to carry on with our betting business without running foul of the law”.
He described Bet9ja betting company as a business enterprise devoted to creating wealth, empowering Nigerians financially and giving them opportunity to be their own boss while also contributing to the economic development of the country.