Abakalikiâ€”Mr Mathias Adum, the Ebonyi Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftancy Affairs and Rural Development, has reiterated governmentâ€™s determination to curb the rising crime rate in the state.
He said one of such efforts was the recent inauguration of vigilance groups in the rural communities for effective crime fighting.
Adum made the remarks in Abakaliki, yesterday at a three-day training workshop for members of the vigilance groups, organiseed for all the communities by the Ministry.
He said although the vigilance groups were better positioned to identify criminals in their areas, they lacked the required experience to do the job effectively.
â€œAs a result of their inexperience in security matters, we had to put up theÂ training workshop to broaden their experience and improve their capabilities on the job,â€ he added.
Adum advised the vigilance groups to take the training seriously, and ensure that bad eggs in their communities were identified and handed over to security agencies.