By Larry Martains
Centre for Reform Education Initiative CREI, a Non governmental organization has applauded the strive and commitment of Governor Willie Obiano, of Anambra state, in tackling security challenges in the state.
The Executive Director of the organization , Hon. Chinwe Ugwu, while briefing journalist in Enuguon monday, affirmed that “Obiano’s first courageous act of inaugurating a Joint Task Force on Security, known as Operation Kpochapu primarily aimed at fighting criminal elements to a hot is worthy of praise.
According to the organization, “Those who are familiar with Anambra State must be aware that insecurity had always been a cog in the wheel of progress of the state, especially in Onitsha, its commercial nerve city”
Ugwu, explained that the NGO which was established in 2005 as an apostle of good governance, is also committed in helping government at all levels addressed the numerous challenges of human capital development in the country.
“This decision was applauded even by his perceived critics as a visionary step that completely situated the perception of the role of the governor as the chief security officer of the state whose top priority should be the security of lives and property of the citizens.
“Besides, his recent convocation of an all-important security summit where an Israeli security expert, Moshe Keinan, led discussions on security consciousness signaled his single-mindedness in pursuit of the goal of riding Anambra State of hoodlums and other bad elements.
“The Banker turned politician did not end there, he followed it up with loads of tough-pronouncements and the provision of modern crime fighting equipment to the state police command and other security agencies in the state.
“It is also on recorded that as a result of the governor’s total commitment in ridding the state of criminals, today, scores of kidnappers are singing different tunes in the various police cells in the state”.
“Even though, CREI is not trying to blow the trumpet of Obiano, but suffice it to say that before the present administration came on-board, visitors were always scared and sceptical going to Anambra as a result of the prevalence rate of kidnapping in the state”.
“But today, with Operation Kpochapu, most of the criminals, especially kidnap kingpins, have fled Anambra state”.
Ugwu also stated that so long as no nation, be it civilized or developing, can record any meaningful feat in an unsecured environment therefore there is need for Anambara people to throw their weight behind the governor in his quest of making the state the 1st Choice Investment Destination and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities in Nigeria.
The NGO also maintained that with adequate security Anambra has the opportunity to create a socially stable and business friendly environment that will attract both local and foreign investors to the state.