Participants of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Air War College Course 1 of 2016 have conducted an environmental study tour of Enugu State to understand its socio-economic and geo-political formations. The four-day tour, which is one of the college’s curricula to consolidate participants’ knowledge on socio-economic and geo-political study, was themed: “Socio-Economic and Infrastructural Development Impact on Poverty Status’’. The team led by the Commandant of Air War College, Air-Vice Marshal John Baba, said yesterday that the participants came to expand their theoretical knowledge by getting first-hand information from institutions, companies and communities in the state. “This study tour will afford participants the opportunity to conduct on the spur of the moment research on the state, especially on issues pertaining to the theme of the study tour. “The participants are expected to turn in their report which will be sent to the concerned state as an independent assessment its efforts on poverty alleviation and infrastructural development,’’ Baba said. At the tour of the Enugu State Police Command, its Commissioner, Mr Muhammed Dan-mallam, took out time to take the participants round the command and other specialised formations. Dan-mallam also briefed the team on the security architecture of the state and the efforts of the command toward preventing and combating crime. He said the police had evolved a spider-network pro-active policing system to ensure that crisis or crime at any point in the state is nipped in the bud. “We have to contend with kidnappers, other organised and violent crimes, as well as public menace of some dissident groups and we have been able to not only check them, but cage them before they raise their heads. “Thus, today, residents of the state, no matter how remote the community is, are safe and they go about their lawful businesses,’’ he said. The team also visited the Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company, ANAMMCO, where they were treated to a tour of the facilities. The team witnessed first- hand, the assembling of truck heads being carried out by the company staff, while they later interacted with them. The participants also visited Enugu East and Nkanu West Local Government Areas to find out the efforts of the government on poverty alleviation at the third tier of government, which is closest to the masses.

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