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Youth security summit holds in Awka

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YOUTHS in Anambra have been urged to desist from social vices and join hands with security agencies in fighting cultism, criminality and other forms of crime in their respective communities.

The call was made by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang in a one-day Youth Security Summit organized by the Anambra State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, which took place in Awka.

Speaking thematically on the topic, ‘The Roles of Youths In Ensuring Sustainable Security in Anambra State’, CP Abang, who was represented at the event by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Adewuyi Babalola, described security as an art of guiding or keeping  a thing or place safe from attack and noted that youths indeed have enormous roles to play in ensuring sustainable security in every society.

He highlighted some of the great feats achieved over the years in the security status of Anambra State, which he attributed to the good governance of Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, as well the tireless efforts of the security agencies in the state, but further argued that these may not have been achievable or possible if not with the collaboration and assistance of the members of the public.

He hence urged the youth to key into the security system by being security conscious in their respective communities and by supporting the security agents with vital information that will be of great help in curbing criminality, cultism and other social vices, as they( the youths) know some of the people indulging in such things more than every other person.

Also speaking, the state Commandant of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state, Mr. Sule Momodu, represented by Mr. Chris Ajabo, exposed the youths to the numerous dangers associated with hard drugs, which he said had plunged many into life regrets and urged them to refrain from such and be change agents and problem solvers in their various localities, rather than being part of the problem to be solved.

On his own part, the convener of the event and Chairman of NYCN in the state, Comrade Samuel Egwuatu said the aim of the event was to recalibrate the minds of the youths positively so as to discourage them from indulging in social vices, as well as engage them to be security conscious and part of the security network of the state in order to ensure the state remains the safest in the country, as it is now.

Debunking the rumour that there exists factions in state’s NYCN Chapter, Comrade Egwuatu, who affirms himself as the only and authentic state chairman of the council urged the youths who indulge in cultism and other things that constitute security threats in the society to desist from such and engage themselves with handwork, agriculture or other craft, so as to become relevant in the society.

The event was well-attended by the heads of the various security agencies in the state, including the men of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (Ocha Bigade), men of Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), men of DSS, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), among others.

Others who spoke at the event included the Deputy National President of NYCN, Comrade Innocent Nduanya; the CEO of Ox and Solar Nigeria, Mr. Uche Umezuluora; the SSA to Governor Obiano on Commerce and Transport,  Chiejina Obieze; the MD, Omeifeukwu Associate, Chief Chinedu Omeifeukwu, among others.

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