Posted by News Express | 13 February 2016 | 2,615 times
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia says the greatest challenge of the state is kidnapping.
Ikpeazu said this when the new Commander of 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Brig.-General Lawrence Fejoku, visited him in Umuahia on Friday.
The governor said there had been incidence of kidnapping in some parts of the state in recent weeks
“Security is pivotal to socio-economic advancement. The relationship between economic growth, infrastructure development and security are inextricable.”
Ikpeazu said people were beginning to see Abia in positive light and the state government wants to step up security in order to prevent loss of investors.
“Considering the location of Abia and the fact that when neighbouring states step up security, some criminals escape from those states to Abia.
“So we want to make such occurence a thing of the past.”
Ikpeazu said the coming of the commander was timely and that with his background and training, he was confident that the commander would perform his assignment efficiently.
The governor said the state government considered Nigerian Army as its ally and believe it would give its unreserved support to the army.
Earlier, Fejoku said considering the fact that Abia was the hub of economic activities; the importance of security cannot be under estimated.
Fejoku said he would do everything within his power to make Abia a safe haven for everyone. (NAN)
•Photo shows Gov. Ikpeazu.
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