By Tony Adibe
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), governorship candidate in Enugu State, Mr Frank Nweke Jnr has proposed a six-point measure or strategy that could be adopted by the Enugu State Government to address increasing insecurity in the state.
Mr. Nweke’s proposal followed the recent kidnap issues in the state and other forms of security challenges. In a video release, the former Minister of Information and currently, APGA governorship candidate said that the security crisis has been getting worse with a rocket speed, stressing that the time has come for the Enugu people to take resolute steps to address the situation.
Nweke outlined six key measures the government can take immediately to guarantee the safety of Enugu residents, adding that such steps are: “Summon or direct Local Government Authorities to convene a meeting of the traditional rulers, presidents and leaders of town unions and the local vigilante groups for the purpose of partnering with them and the security agencies for improved intelligence gathering.”
“Immediately expand support for the statutory security agencies for improved strategic, tactical, and combat operations. Provide them with transportation, communication and other equipment needed to apprehend these bandits and kidnappers.”
“Acquire and deploy geo-tracking devices, aerial force and drone technology for improved surveillance in these forest areas. We must do all that is necessary to secure the lives of our citizens.”
“Engage and partner with Federal Authorities to deploy more human and material resources to the state while ensuring clear reporting, accountability and a close working relationship.”
“Set up a situation room in partnership with the security services for 24-hour monitoring of the security situation and similarly deploy special hotlines through which the public can share intelligence and relevant information for quick action.”
“Provide advisories, relevant information and updates to reassure the public of ongoing efforts of the government to bring the situation under control and restore normalcy.” Nweke further insisted that these key measures must be taken to rescue the victims and pre-empt further deterioration of the security situation.