By Vincent Ujumadu
GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State Monday, held a meeting with senior police officers serving in the state, with a promise that his administration would do everything possible to sustain peace and security in 2011.
Commending security operatives for their sacrifices to ensure security in the state in 2010, he urged them to be more committed in 2011.
The governor promised to continue offering the police the necessary logistics support, adding that the state would contribute towards the building of befitting barracks for the police in the state.
His words: “I thank the police for their contribution in securing Anambra State. We had a very peaceful Christmas and this would not have been possible without the contributions of the police.
“In 2010, we were faced with the issue of crime, especially kidnapping. But in the last quarter, that problem was brought to a minimal level. I will only urge that the effort should continue. Anambra State government will continue to work with you to ensure that this state is properly secured so that people can move freely to do their businesses.
“In 2011, the number one priority of the state government is security as we will do whatever is possible to secure the state. I have also discussed with my colleagues in the South East and we are committed that next year, we will continue to support the police in our states.”
Obi said that the state House of Assembly had passed a law on Security Trust Fund, and that the board of the Trust Fund would be put in place in January next year, after which his administration would begin to source for funds from individuals and corporate organizations to help the police formations in providing equipment, accommodation and other things that would enhance their operation.
He called on all wealthy sons of Anambra State to come home and invest as a way of creating employment that would help reduce crime.
According to him, government will offer any help possible to any person that answered the call to invest in the state.
Earlier, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhtari Ibrahim, commended the governor for his security consciousness and pledged the cooperation of the police to ensure a crime free Anambra State.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of investigations, Mr. Mike Okori, appealed to the government to help the command with a tracking device as part of effective weapon to fight kidnapping, while DSP Rabiu Garuba, the Commander of MOPOL 54 said his command needed an Armoured Personnel Carrier for effective fighting of crime.