In a historic move to motivate security agents to further reduce crime rate in the state, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Tuesday announced a N5million compensation for families of security agents who lose their lives fighting crime.
Also, Governor Wike donated 64 Utility Vans equipped with state of the art communication gadgets to the police and other security agencies to fight crime.
The vehicles were handed over to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase in a public ceremony at the Sharks Stadium on Tuesday.
The governor further announced that the administration will pay N1million to residents of the state who will provide credible information that will lead to the arrest of kidnappers, armed robbers and cultists.
He said: “the state government will henceforth pay N5million as compensation to families of security agents who lose their lives fighting crime in the state. We are doing this to encourage security agents to put in their best for the people of the state “.
Governor Wike said that shortly after taking over, he had to take proactive measures working with the police and other security agencies to reduce the level of insecurity in the state.
He regretted that security in the state degenerated because the immediate past administration deliberately politicised security and refused to support the security outfits with required logistics.
Governor Wike said : “The most important responsibility of government is to protect lives and property. This government will not fold its arms and allow criminals to terrorise the state. That is why we have donated these 64 Utility Vans to the security agencies to frustrate the criminals “.
Receiving the utility vans on behalf of the security agencies, Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase commended Governor Wike for his commitment to security, saying that the security services will make judicious use of the vans to fight crime.
He noted that the collaboration between the police and the Rivers State Government is yielding positive results as post election violence has been reduced.
Arase urged the security agents who will use the vehicles to respect the rights of the citizens while carrying out their assignment.
The Inspector General of Police added that the state of emergency on crime fighting declared in the state has been extended for another month for extended effectiveness.
Rivers State Police Commissioner, Chris Ezike informed that of the 64 vans, 34 will be used by the Joint Task Force involving all security agencies while 30 will be dedicated to the police.
The Inspector General of Police had earlier paid a courtesy call on the governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Lagos East appeals to Senator Ashafa over deplorable road
By Paul Sanusi, Lagos
Residents of Agbede community in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos, have appealed to the senator representing Lagos East Senatorial district, Senator Olugbenga Ashafa to come to their rescue over the deplorable state of their road.
The district co-ordinator of The Nucleaus Group, Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area, Evangelist Olusegun Famoritade, made the appeal during a symposium organised by the group, in commemoration of the Senator Ashafa’s 60th birthday anniversary, which was held recently in Lagos.
Famoritade, while commending the Senator for moving a motion for the construction of Asolo/Ita-Oluwo road, in 2012, that led to the award of the contract during the last political dispensation, blamed the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP led-federal government for not releasing money for construction of the road.
The TNG’s district co-ordinator used the symposium to appeal on behalf of the residents of Agbede community to Senator Ashafa for the construction and completion of the road during this political dispensation.
He said: “what we the people of Agbede community are asking from Senator Ashafa is the completion of our road. This is the road he moved the motion in the senate and which has been approved by the distinguish members of the senate about four years ago.
“But we learnt that because the federal belonged to the PDP and Lagos state was APC state that was why money was not released for the construction of the road. So, now that both the federal and Lagos state belong to the same political party, APC, I have assured the residents of the community that the road will be constructed soon.
“We are now appealing to the senator to help us in ensuring that the road is completed this time around.”
On the symposium to commemorate Senator Ashafa’s 60th birthday anniversary, TNG said the event was organised to honour the senator for his numerous contributions for the development of humanity in the senatorial district.
The guest speaker at the symposium, Barrister Sakiru Omolaja, who spoke on the theme; “Service to humanity: a lesson in social responsibility”, also charged political office holders and Nigerians at large, to always make their life a life of service, saying that whoever does so will never lack anything.
The representative of Senator Ashafa at the symposium, Mr. Rotimi Ishola, while commending the group for putting up the event in honour of the Senator, also charged the participants at the event not to expect reward from anyone for whatever they do.
Ishola who described Senator Ashafa as one of the prophets God sent to help humanity on earth, also called on elected office holders to always aim at improving the welfare of those that vote them to office.