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Kidnapping: S-East govs, NSA, Service Chiefs parley

By Emma Ujah,  Abuja Bureau Chief
SOUTH-East governors have met with the National Security Adviser, NSA,  General Mohammed Gusau (rtd), over the spate of kidnappings in the region.

Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Mr. Peter Obi of Anambra State told newsmen that the meeting with NSA and Service Chiefs of the Army, Navy, Police and the Director-General of the State Security Services,  SSS, was to map out fresh strategies to curb the spate of kidnapping and militancy which they described as alien to the region.

“Our meeting with the Service Chiefs was to enable us work more closely with the Federal Government to further bring down the incidences of violent crimes in our states. We have seen some reduction already but we are not yet where we want to be and that is why we came to meet the NSA and the Service Chief to map out new areas of cooperation in that regard,” Obi said.

According to him, “the upsurge of kidnapping and militancy are effects of what have been happening in neighbouring  states,” adding, “our people are not kidnappers and militants and we are ready to do everything necessary to take attention from those violent crimes.”

Gov Obi said that the South East governors have been using a lot of their limited resources to fight violent crimes in the region and that with the new partnership with the federal government, there would be a tremendous improvement in the security situation of the South East.

He said the governors appreciated the fact that security is in the exclusive list but that with the dimensions violent crimes were assuming in the region the governors could not but act and seek further collaborations with the federal security outfits.

The governors, he added identified unemployment as a major cause of the situation and therefore have taken steps towards providing more jobs for the teeming youths in order to have them gainfully employed .

One of such steps was the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to buy a majority stake in the Enugu Power Distribution Company under the privatization exercise of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), formerly NEPA.

He added that the Aba Power Plant would also provide immense opportunity for the Small and Medium Scale (SME) which would rekindle the entrepreneurial spirit of the people from the South East.

That power Plant being built by Prof. Bath Nnaji’s Geometric Power is aimed at providing a 24-7 steady electricity power to residents of Aba.  It is envisioned to be replicated in other parts of the zone and the country, at large.

Gov. Obi was in the company of his Abia and Imo States counterparts, Chief Theodore  Orji and Mr. Ikedi Ohakim, respectively.


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