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Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State
The Enugu State government was on Sunday charged to tackle rising insecurity in the state.
Giving that caharge is an umbrella group of Enugu people in Lagos, Enugu Progressives Forum (EPF), which raso from it’s meeting in Lagos, to pass a vote of confidence on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi-led government, for its good leadership.
The group added that checking insecurity in the state; would bring about development just as it discussed issues of insecurity in Enugu, as well as the welfare of its members in Lagos.
Addressing press men after the meeting, the Coordinator of the group, Chief Everest Ozonweke commended the governor for his commitment to the security of lives and property in the state adding that the recent physical swoop on some hideouts and escape routes of criminals in the area, by the state was the way to go.
According to him, the Governor, after a closed door meeting with security Chiefs, following the assassination of Prof. Sam Nnaji, the state raided hides-out and escape routes of criminals in the area, to curb insecurity.
Ozonwaeke noted that that action in itself, spoke volume of the government’s unwavering commitment to security in Enugu.
Said he: “There is no better time for the proactive security action than now that the State is facing security breaches, that must be arrested before it gets out of hand.
“If the efforts of the Governor in the numerous projects must be sustained, and for development of the state, every insecurity must be quelled.
“Ugwuanyi has shown capacity and leadership in his decisive actions against crime and criminals in the state”.
Calling on all stakeholders to support the government, the Coordinator, said that the forum believes security to be everybody’s business that should not be left to government alone, as has been the case in the area.
He disclosed that the forum has resolved to interface on possible fronts, with appropriate authorities, to make Enugu state safer, and more prosperous.
The group commended the Chairman of Ezeagu Local Government Area, Hon Ani for his proactive step, in setting up a security committee in the area.
The Lagos based group appealed to other council Chairmen, to adopt the Ezeagu’s security model.
The coordinator added that such would complement the efforts of the State government, in tackling insecurity.
He condemned the recent attack on a police check point, at Obeagu Amechi Road, where no less than five Police men and one civilian were killed, and others injured by unknown gun men.
While noting that insecurity is now a national calamity, and not peculiar to Enugu State Ozonwaeke appealed to the Federal Government to rise up to the challenge and check the menace.
Also speaking on the occasion, Chief Chris Uzoma-Okolo, Secretary Enugu Progressives Forum, Lagos, condemned the alarming rate, at which internet related crimes is increasing in the state.
Noted he: “It’s disheartening, and appalling that many of our youths are currently languishing in EFCC custody, and other correctional centres, due to cyber crimes”.
He noted that Enugu people were known for honesty and hard work, wondering where the society missed it that made youths abandon those good virtues.
He disclosed that the group was in talks with some agencies, to work out youth programmes, for the state’s indigenes, to restore its core values.