Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor of Abia State, officially launched the Abia Security Fund and the launch of Security Support and Resident Card by calling on residents to help the government lead the initiative in s ‘registering and getting their cards.
This was revealed in a statement by Onyebuchi Ememanka, the chief press secretary to the governor of Abia and handed to reporters in Umuahia on Thursday.
Speaking at the launch of the program at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu thanked former state governor and senator representing Abia Central, Senator Theodore Ahamefula Orji, for the initiative to institute the program, when he was governor, as a platform to help raise financial support for the security architecture in the daunting task of securing the lives and property of Abians and its residents.
He noted that Abia is at the center of seven states in the Southeast and South-South with tendencies towards security issues as evidenced by the state and other states in the federation.
Ikpeazu raised concerns about the new trend in crime along the axis of Lokpanta and Isuikwuato state where professors, students, clergy and other innocent commuters have become victims of violent crime committed by people suspected of being foreigners who use the Lokpanta market as a base.
He underscored the need for synergy among governments in the South East to nip cross-border crimes in the bud, adding that the Abia State Resident Card will help identify true residents.
Governor Ikpeazu, who noted that the card is personalized with security features that make forgery difficult, revealed that there is a plan to embed both the Abia State Social Identity Number and resident card platforms for more synergy.
He thanked the program organizers for a job well done as Abia became the first state in Nigeria to adopt digital security cards to identify its citizens. He said the huge teledensity has prompted the state to sign up for telehealth and the state is again exploiting teledensity to ensure Abia gets security cards.
Also speaking, the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyị, represented by Mr. Mathew Oboechi, stressed the need for synergy between governors and security agencies in the South East as well as the sharing of information between conventional security agencies and others who set up to assist the region.
He congratulated Governor Ikpeazu for taking a step forward in strengthening security and securing Abia state.
In his speech, the president of the occasion and senator representing Abia Central in the National Assembly, Senator Theodore Orji said that insecurity has many varieties, including kidnappings, banditry, clashes between farmers / ranchers. among others and the governor rises to the occasion to tackle this.
He said that it is necessary for all to morally and financially support the governor and the government of the state of Abia to achieve adequate security in the state.
Orji described the security of life and property as the primary function of government and thanked Governor Ikpeazu for continuing the programs and policies he had left him.
Earlier, the secretary of state government, attorney Chris Ezem, said the initiative is the first of its kind to be backed by a law previously approved by the state governor.
He said Nigeria faces security challenges in all parts of the country, but expressed his joy that Governor Ikpeazu, who ensured the safety of Abia, assured that the state would not cease to act. achieve the necessary security and urged all to acquire the resident card.
Abia State Security Fund coordinator Mr. Darlington Anyanwu, while providing an overview of security support and resident card, said the initiative is created to seek funds and equipment from stakeholders to support and complement the efforts of the state government to ensure adequate security for the residents of Abia. as well as ensuring that all security agencies perform their statutory role effectively and efficiently without a hitch.
He explained that the Abia State Social Identity Number, previously launched by the state government, is different from the Security Support and Resident Card, adding that the former aims to collect statistics of all residents of the state for planning, solving unemployment problems and the demographic distribution of infrastructure and resources, among others.