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Anambra retools vigilante, fire services

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AS PART of its commitment to delivering round-the-clock safety and security of lives and property in every community of Anambra State, government has boosted the operation of two strategic agencies with key roles to play in the firefighting and crime prevention.

They are Anambra Fire Service and Anambra Vigilante Service (AVS) each of which received additional 40 patrol vehicles and firefighting trucks between them.

Gov. Willie Obiano presented the operational vehicles to the two agencies at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia on Tuesday.

While Managing Director of Anambra State Fire Service, Martins Agbali received the fire trucks on behalf of his agency, Chairman of Anambra State Vigilante Service, Ikechukwu Aduba collected the keys to the security patrol cars on behalf of AVS.

Speaking at the occasion, Gov. Obiano expressed hope that the vehicles would not only go a long way in recalibrating both the state vigilante and fire services in discharging their duties effectively, but also reduce drudgery arising from dependence on outdated or obsolete equipment.

Highlighting the present administration’s performance in provision of safety  at homes and public spaces, which includes revamping the state’s firefighting organ, the governor directed that the fire trucks be distributed to various units to galvanise them into prompt response to emergencies wherever they may occur.

Explaining the government’s investment on Anambra Vigilante Service, Gov. Obiano stated that Anmabra cannot afford to lag behind in the current global paradigm shift to community policing in crime prevention, urging state vigilante groups to ensure that they complement convention security agencies’ effort on water-tight basis.

According to him, once this is done, crime would be drastically reduced throughout the state. But Gov Obiano also called on the public to always volunteer useful information to security agents in their areas.

In their separate responses, both Agbali and Aduba commended the governor for all the supports their agencies have continued to receive, adding that apart from serving a catalyst for delivering on their mandate, they can only complement the governor by remaining focused on their beats.

Speaking to National Light, a member of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Board of Trustee, Chief Rommy Eze-Onwuka called on the two agencies to make maximum use of the vehicles since Gov. Obiano has done his own part of the bargain.

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