Enugu govt set to tackle insecurity as Ugwuanyi sends anti-kidnapping bill to H’Assembly
* To recruit 1,700 forest guards
By Steve Oko
Determined to stem the tide of growing insecurity particularly herdsmen menace, in parts of the state , Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said his administration would soon forward executive bill to the state House of Assembly to arrest the worrisome situation.
Ugwuanyi also said Government would review and overhaul the Neighborhood Watch structure of the state to make it more efficient.
The Governor also announced that the state would recruit 17, 000 personnel into the state neighbourhood watch security outfit.
This was the outcome of a crucial meeting between the Governor and Vigilante/Nieghbourhood Watch groups in the 17 local government areas of the state held Monday at the Government House.
According to Ugwuanyi, 100 personnel would be recruited from each of the 17 Local Government Areas in the state.
Recall that Abia State Government has also began recruitment of 17,000 persons into its security vigilante outfit popularly known as Bakasi Boys.
Wawa News Global was informed by a source present at the meeting that some critical decisions on tackling the disturbing security situation in the state were taken.
The source also said decisive decisions towards strengthening the security of the state were reached by the stakeholders.
This was confirmed later by a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya.
The statement said that “the state government upon reviewing the security situation in the state, resolved to send an Anti-kidnapping Bill to the state assembly as an Executive Bill, to ensure maximum security.”
According the statement, the state government also “resolved to immediately overhaul the Vigilante/ Neighbourhood Watch structure in the state for optimized service delivery, adding that the Enugu State Neigbourhood Watch Law 2016 will equally be reviewed.”
It further stated :”Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration further resolved to employ 1,700 Forest Guards within 30 days, comprising 100 persons per Local Government Area, in compliance with the recent decision of the South East Governors Forum on Community Policing.”
The statement ,therefore, invited “interested applicants with passion for service to submit their application at the office of the Security Chief of the Department of State Services (DSS) in their respective local government areas of origin for necessary action.”
The state government also approved the payment of stipends to 5,200 Vigilante/Neighbourhood Watch personnel comprising 20 persons per ward in the state, reassuring its commitment to the peace and security of lives and property.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.