A COALITION of Igbo leaders and elder statesmen have commended the present security architecture in Anambra State and recommended the model for other states in South East geopolitical zone.
The group gave their commendation during a courtesy call on Gov. Willie Obiano at Governor’s Lodge Amawbia by a delegation of Igbo Leaders and Elders of Thought, yesterday.
Speaking while receiving the elder statesmen and appreciating their choice of Anambra State as development model, Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano promised never to look back until criminality is not only totally eradicated from the state but enduring security frameworks are also put in place as legacy building blocks for successive administrations
Decrying the spate of criminality in some states in Igbo land while briefing Gov. Obiano on the group’s motive for visiting Anambra State, Chairman of Igbo leaders of Thoughts, Prof Ben Nwabueze who was represented by Prof Ejike Chiweyite, called on South East governors to promote joint services initiative.
According to him, this will target improved security and timely development of strategic projects with direct bearing on people’s living standards among other goals.
He maintained that the group had, over the years, advised states in Igbo land and their governors to redouble efforts at unifying and developing their homelands to bridge perennial infrastructural deficit in South East.
Calling on South East governors to embark on public and private project capable of engendering massive job creation for teeming unemployed youths through rapid industrialisation, the group therefore urged other governors to emulate Gov. Obiano’s strategic investment in security sector which, they said, made Anambra the first choice of call for both local and foreign investors – apart from bringing stability to the once viral insecure state.
They also commended Gov. Obiano for the fatherly intervention he made in mitigating the losses suffered by victims of the recent Ochanja petrol tanker fire, adding that the governor also delivered democracy dividends by upgrading primary and secondary health facilities across the state.
This, they said, opens a window on their proposed joint service development plan, noting that local and foreign investors will readily key in to uplift such projects to world class tertiary health facilities.
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