The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said his administration would soon flag off Ministry of Homeland Security. The governor said the ministry would receive attention when the Commissioner nominees he sent their names to the State House of Assembly would have been cleared.
The new Ministry according to a press release by the Chief Press Secretary to governor Ikpeazu, Onyebuchi Ememanka, would have as its main focus, to checkmate the activities of Fulani herdsmen and other violent crimes with a view to safeguarding the people of the state and the environment.
In the statement, Ikpeazu was quoted as saying at the just concluded Economic Community of West Africa ( ECOWAS) Summit on Terrorism at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, that the need for the state government to tie up all loose ends n terms of securing her people had arisen to the challenges.
“The whole idea is to ensure that no inch of Abia territory will remain ‘unpoliced’. The field personnel of the new Ministry will be trained under a collaborative effort with the Nigeria Police. ” The Governor assured that the present list of Commissioner nominees before the State House of Assembly includes the nominee for the Commissioner for Homeland Security. ”
Governor Ikpeazu who attended the Summit as part of the Nigerian delegation called for a shift from a core geographic approach to what he described as a “geostrategic approach” in the war against terror.
He identified such issues as intelligence gathering and sharing, joint operation, good governance and a structured educational system for the youths as ways that can be adopted in the fight to end global terror., Emamemanka stated. Meanwhile, Ikpeazu has congratulated his counterpart in Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, on the confirmation of his victory by the Court of Appeal.
Ememanka said Ikpeazu told his Ogun state counterpart to see his victory as a call to unite his people and ensure they get more democracy dividends.