The Governor Dr Okezie lkpeazu has called on Security Agencies in the State to enforce the Anti-grazing law enacted by the State Government to reduce the issues of Farmers/ herders clashes and other criminalities.
Dr lkpeazu who made the call while flagging off the sensitization workshop against criminal activities in some Communities in the state held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium Umuahia, also called on Civil societies and critical stakeholders to assist Government in the fight against crime in the State by reporting drug peddlers and consumers to law enforcement agents.
The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu also urged Traditional Rulers and Opinion leaders to be conscious of their environment while people should furnish security personnel’s with relevant information’s on happenings in their neighborhood and likely flashpoints, pointing out that government has assisted Security Agencies by providing them with vehicles and other logistics to ensure that Abia remains safe.
The Governor also urged youths not to take laws into their hands over the marginalization of the South East and various boundary issues as dialogue remains the only solution to avert clashes.
In his keynote address, the coordinator of the workshop and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Professor/Associate ACB Agbazuere said the essence of the workshop was to consolidate Abia’s status as a peaceful State, create awareness on dangers of crime, identify flashpoints and reorientate the mindsets of youths against crave for wealth.
In their various presentations, the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbade, the State Director of State Security represented by the Director Operations, Mr Etuk Ekpenyong and the representative of the Commandant, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army Ohafia, Brigadier General OB Olayiwola said security should be a collective responsibility of all and called for restrategization to curb criminality .
Also speaking, the Chairman Umuahia North Local Government Area , Chief Ugochukwu Ejinkonye and the Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Ndubuisi Nwabeke said the lgbo tradition abhors criminality of any kind and stressed the need for all to be security conscious as no meaningful development thrive in an atmosphere of insecurity and criminality.
Our Government House Correspondent, Mercy Kalu reports that the sensitization workshop which featured questions and answer section from the audience attracted the presence of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chris Ezem, the Commissioner for Information, Chief Okiyi Kalu, among other top Government Officials.