Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the safety of Abians’ lives and property, while also pledging to distribute all necessary logistics to enable security personnel to carry out their duties effectively.
Governor Ikpeazu stated this during a meeting at the Governor’s Lodge in Aba on Tuesday evening with the Executive Chairmen of the Local Government Councils and some stakeholders in the state’s security sector.
The governor emphasized the importance of security in Abia because 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, revealing that a small number of security personnel will be in charge at various levels of security architecture across the state, with a particular focus on criminal herders’ activities.
He also stated that in consultation with relevant stakeholders, the chairmen of local government areas in the state will coordinate the security apparatus in their areas, and that the leadership of each group of personnel will be armed with relevant gadgets for prompt and effective communication and dissemination of information.
The Abia chief executive urged the chairmen to be impartial in selecting those who will lead security outfits at the community and local government levels, as well as in launching the new security structure in their areas.
“It is your responsibility to provide additional logistical and training support…” he said. After laying out this plan, I’d like to emphasize that the LG chairmen are free to make adjustments based on the unique characteristics and circumstances of their respective Local Government Areas in order to improve the overall arrangement. I’m not going to supervise it.
“What we have been preaching at the national level is for the federal government to allow the various state governments to have sufficient control over the security apparatus in the states so that they can respond quickly whenever there is a breach,” says the group.