Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has donated 160 vehicles to security agencies in the state in a bid to sustain its status as the safest state in the country.
Speaking at the presentation of the vehicles to service commanders in Calabar, Ayade said the gesture was a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to protecting lives and property in the state, promising a trouble-free festival as preparations for Carnival Calabar gather momentum.
To this end, he urged all fun seekers to be part of this year’s carnival as his government had put all measures in place to protect them from mischief makers for them to enjoy themselves in the state.
According to him, the quality of vehicles donated was an indication of the level of safety and security that would be provided in the state.
The governor said the recently established Homeland Security Service was one way of complementing the efforts of security agencies to secure the state.
He said: “We have created an opportunity for everybody to come to Calabar for the carnival and end of 2016 but as you do so, take a look at the array of vehicles that are here. That tells you of the level of security, level of safety that you would enjoy once you come to Calabar. We actually have the Homeland Security Service.
The Homeland Security Service is a team of young graduates trained in the scheme of security, protection of lives and property. They would be working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police and the armed forces to ensure peace, tranquillity, safety of lives and properties all through the yuletide, carnival and indeed beyond.”