By; MKPUMA ENYINNA, Abakaliki
Governor David Nweze Umahi has pledged the preparedness of his administration to ensure adequate security for citizens both before, during and after the general elections.
Governor Umahi announced this while distributing 22 utility trucks and 150 motorcycles to security agencies in the state.
Governor Umahi said the donation is to complement efforts of security agencies in tackling insecurity in the state.
“Security is of utmost importance to us in Ebonyi State and we have been doing our best in this direction, it is never enough and we realize that you cannot pursue these criminals without vehicles, we needed brand new vehicles. I want to appeal to the users, let nobody use these vehicles alone, always be in a convoy.” He said.
The governor appealed to the security agencies to use the vehicles only for the purposes they were procured for which is the safety of citizens.
“This vehicles should not be on the road alone, it should be about three or four on the road equipped with the right gadgets because of bandits, I don’t want to hear that these vehicles are burnt or stolen.” He warned.
The governor assured of his determination to continue to assist the security agencies to tackle insecurity in the state.
“I will give you all the cooperation, I will give you all the support to ensure you succeed, I will not send you against the opposition but do not support the opposition to destabilize the peace of the state, I will not support that, we want equal treatment for the ruling party and the opposition.” He said.
Governor Umahi appealed to security agencies to curtail the number of orderlies assigned to politicians in the state in order to beef up personnel available for security of people and their property.
“The opposition is putting uniform on non-security persons and are parading as security officers and constituting insecurity, we will no longer allow it, we will confront it.” He declared.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala appreciated the security agencies for their efforts in securing of lives and property and expressed hope that the new vehicles would assist them more in carrying out their responsibilities.
On behalf of the security agencies, the Commissioner of Police, Garba Aliyu thanked the governor for his donation and assured that the gesture would spur the security agencies to greater productivity.
Out of the newly procured vehicles, the Police got five and 50 motorcycles, the Cantonment Commander, five and 30 motorcycles, Special Army Unit got Five and 30 motorcycles, DSS one, while the Ebubeagu Security outfit got two and 40 motorcycles.