July 5, 2022 7:27 pm

Gov. Ikpeazu Tasks LG Chairmen, Stakeholders On Improved Security At The Grassroots … Says He Won’t Micromanage It

By Our Reporter

The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has empowered the 17  Local Government Chairmen and stakeholders to take charge of the security arrangements of their areas, even as he made it clear that he will not micromanage it.

Governor Ikpeazu made this known at the Governor’s Lodge, Aba, while addressing the issue which he considered “topmost priority to the people and the State”, during a meeting with the Executive Chairmen of the LGAs and some stakeholders in the security sector of the state, which saw a former Deputy Governor, Chief Eric Acho Nwakanma, Chief Okey Ahaiwe, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Homeland Security, Mr Chigozie Onyeukwu Ubani among others in attendance.

The Abia Governor reminded the Chairmen that, “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.

Gov. Ikpeazu who disclosed that the Chairmen of LGAs in the State will coordinate the security apparatus in their areas in consultation with relevant stakeholders, emphasized the importance of security in Abia as the state is at the confluence of the South East and South South regions with the possibility of criminal activities from these other areas snowballing into the state.

He announced 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.

The Abia Governor who further to disclosed the provision and distribution of various types of logistics to enable the personnel carry out their duties effectively, said that leadership of each group of the personnel will be armed with relevant gadgets for prompt and effective communication and dissemination of information.

Gov. Ikpeazu enjoined the Chairmen of the Local Governments to be dispassionate in choosing those that will head the security set up at the community and local government levels as well as inaugurate the new security structure in their respective areas.

His words, “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, promised to align themselves with the new policy direction of the Governor with a view to nipping insecurity in the bud.

They thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for coming up with well thought out security measures for improved security at the grassroots.

Gov. Ikpeazu had earlier restated his administration’s commitment to the security of lives and property of Abians. 

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