THE senior special assistant to Governor Peter Obi ofAnambra State on media and publicity, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, has decried what he called playing to the gallery by some persons and organizations in the state all in the bid to undermine the noble activities of Obi. The aide was reacting to the recent security summit on Anambra.
Obienyem wondered what manner of summit the group held when a major security summit was held in the state at the Women Development Centre on April 30, 2009, where the police, the army, the SSS and other security agencies, as well as traditional rulers, civil society organizations, labour and other stakeholders brainstormed for several hours on how best to tackle the rise in criminality in the state.
To expose the ulterior motive behind the summit, the senior special assistant said, â€œIn so far as this government welcomes any good initiative that will contribute to making the state a better place, the idea of holding a seminar for the progress of the state in Lagos or Abuja shows how insincere the basic conception is.â€
He wondered how many times the people of Kano, Kaduna or Ogun held such a seminar in Lagos or Abuja .â€ Obienyem contented that such a thing shows the quality of those who aspire to lead us.
Meanwhile, he revealed that the summit of April and serious awareness created by this government, including the payment of two million naira to those that provide information for the arrest of criminals are yielding fruits.
As a mark of his concern for security, the governor, according to Obienyem, wrote a letter to the state House of Assembly to expedite action in the passage into law of the bill banning some categories of motorcycle, popularly called â€œhigh risingâ€.
Obi, the aide also stated, had commenced the fencing of the Police Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) at Awkuzu and that of MOPOL 54 at Onitsha . He has equally, according to him, repaired the police grounded Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as taken delivery of new ones.