Okezie Ikpeazu, the Governor of Abia Province, has officially launched the Abia Security Fund and graduation of the Security Back up and Residents’ Card with a phone on residents to assist authorities drive the initiative by enrolling and obtaining their cards.
This was disclosed in a statement by Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Master Press Secretarial assistant to the Abia Governor and issued to journalists in Umuahia, on Thur.
Speaking patch launching the programme at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu thanked the instant past times Governor of the Province and Senator representing Abia Central, Senator Theodore Ahamefula Orji, for the initiative of instituting the programme, when he was governor, as a platform to assist get up financial back up for the security architecture in the onerous task of securing the lives and asset of Abians and her residents.
He famous that Abia is at the centre of 7 Due south East and Due south Due south States with tendencies of security challenges as beingness witnessed in the Province and across other States of the federation.
Ikpeazu raised concerns on the new trend of criminal offense along Lokpanta and Isuikwuato axis of the Province where lecturers, students, the clergy and other harmless commuters have get victims of violent crimes beingness carried out by persons suspected to be aliens who employment the market place at Lokpanta as a base of operations.
He stressed the demand for synergy amid the Due south East governments with a view to nipping in the bud cross-border crimes, adding that the Abia Province Residents’ Card’s will assist place genuine residents.
Governor Ikpeazu, who famous that the card is customized with security features that create it hard for forgery disclosed that that there is a program to integrate both the Abia Province Social Identity Number and the Resident’s Card platforms for to a greater extent synergy.
He thanked the organizers of the programme for a job good done as Abia has get the first of all Province in Nigeria to comprehend digital security cards for identifying her citizens. He said huge teledensity made the Province to enrol in telehealth and the Province over again is leveraging the teledensity to ensure Abia gets security cards.
Also speaking, the Governor of Enugu Province, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyị, represented by of Mr. Mathew Oboechi, stressed the demand for synergy amid the Governors and security agencies in the Due south East as good as information sharing amid the conventional security agencies and others who are beingness instituted to assist the part.
He lauded Governor Ikpeazu for taking a stair forward to heighten security and making Abia Province secured.
In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion and Senator representing Abia Central at the National Assembly, Senator Theodore Orji said insecurity has a lot of varieties including kidnapping, banditry, farmers /herders clashes amid others and the Governor is rising to the occasion of tackling it.
He said there is demand for all to back up the Governor and authorities of Abia Province morally and financially in achieving adequate security in the Province.
Orji described security of lives and asset as the primary function of authorities and thanked Governor Ikpeazu for carrying on with the programs and policies he left for him.
Before, the Secretarial assistant to the Province Regime, Barrister Chris Ezem, stated that the initiative is the first of all of its form which is backed by law before assented to by the Province Governor.
He said Nigeria is facing security challenges in every section of the country but expressed delight that Governor Ikpeazu who has ensured Abia is secured assuring that the Province would not relent achieving the needed security and urged all to acquire the resident card.
The Coordinator of the Abia Province Security Fund, Mr Darlington Anyanwu patch giving an overview of the Security Back up and Resident Card said the initiative is created to source funds and equipment from stakeholders to back up and complement the province authorities’s efforts in providing adequate security to Abia residents as good as ensure that all security agencies perform their statutory role efficiently and effectively without hitch.
He explained that the Abia Province Social Identity Number before launched by the Province authorities is different from the Security Back up and Resident Card, adding that the former is geared towards collating statistics from all residents of the province for planning, addressing unemployment issues and demographic distribution of infrastructure and resources amid others.
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