Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has said that his administration will not allow the security of the State to be compromised.
He urged stakeholders of the State to focus on the activities of criminal herders in our forests with the intension of flushing them out.
He spoke on Tuesday while addressing a meeting of Chairmen of the Local Government Councils and some stakeholders in the security sector of the state at the Governor’s Lodge in Aba.
Ikpeazu used the forum to announce far-reaching strategic security measures at the community, local government and state levels.
He disclosed that selected numbers of security personnel will be in charge at the various levels of security architecture across the state with specific focus on the activities of criminal herders, stressing that his government will ensure that Abians live and conduct their businesses in peace.
Ikpeazu reiterated his administration’s commitment to the security of lives and property of Abians, even as he assured of his readiness to distribute all forms of logistics to enable security personnel carry out their duties effectively
He further stated this in a meeting with the Executive Chairmen of the Local Government Councils and some stakeholders in the security sector of the state at the Governor’s Lodge in Aba Tuesday evening.
While addressing the issue which he considered “topmost priority to the people and the state”, the governor emphasized the importance of security in Abia as the state is at the confluence of the Southeast and South-south regions with the possibility of criminal activities from these other areas snowballing into the state.
Ikpeazu used the forum to announce far reaching strategic security measures at the community, local government and state levels, disclosing that selected numbers of security personnel will be in charge at the various levels of security architecture across the state with specific focus on the activities of criminal herders.
He also informed that chairmen of local government areas in the state will coordinate the security apparatus in their areas in consultation with relevant stakeholders and disclosed that the leadership of each group of the personnel will be armed with relevant gadgets for prompt and effective communication and dissemination of information.
The Abia chief executive enjoined the chairmen to be dispassionate in choosing those that will head the security outfits at the community and local government levels as well as inaugurate the new security structure in their respective areas.
“It is your duty to provide extra support for logistics and training… Having laid this plan, I want to state that the LG chairmen are free to make adjustments according to the peculiarities and circumstances of their various Local Government Areas to make the whole arrangement even more effective. I’m not going to micromanage it.
“What we have been preaching for at the national level is for the federal government to allow the various state governments to have sufficient grip of the security apparatus in the states so that they can take necessary action quickly whenever there is a breach”.
Responding on behalf of others, the State Chairman of ALGON, Hon. Ibe Nwoke and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Homeland Security, Comrade Christopher Okpara, thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for coming up with well thought out security measures to improved security at the grass roots.
They promised to align themselves with the new policy direction of the governor with a view to nipping insecurity in the bud.