Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State in South-East Nigeria says his administration places a premium concern on the provision of security as a key enabler for development in the state.
While presenting two brand new four-bedroom bungalows to the Head of the Nigerian Army and the Police in the state, Gov. Ikpeazu says the gesture is a part of the activities of marking this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The donations are deliberate steps aimed at raising the morale of the officers and optimizing their operational efficiency, the governor said.
Ikpeazu was full of praises for the security agencies in the state for ensuring that peace and safety have become a part of “our life here”.
“We do not have to wait till our soldiers and police officers die before honouring the great work they do in keeping us safe,” Ikpeazu said.
He said his administration will continue to provide support to security agencies.
The two houses, the Ikpeazu said will serve as official residences of the Commander of the Army Squad at Ohanze and the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Eastern Ngwa Police Division at Umuobiakwa.
He lauded the two security personnel over their critical roles in ensuring the security of lives and properties of the people of Obingwa and its environs.
The Governor noted in particular that the Eastern Ngwa Police Divisional headquarters has been at Umuobiakwa for almost three and a half decades with no official residence for the DPO who most times comes to work from outside the area.
He challenged the security chiefs to make adequate use of the buildings, reminding them that they have a responsibility to protect and manage it well for their use and their successors going forward.