Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to security of lives and property since it is the bedrock of sustainable development.
Ikpeazu stated this during the commissioning of a brand new Eastern Ngwa Divisional Police Headquarters Building at Umuobiakwa, Obingwa Local Government Area.
Thee structure was erected by the Abia State Government and commissioned by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
Speaking at the Ceremony, Governor Ikpeazu said his administration places the highest premium on security of lives and property, adding that criminals would no longer find any hiding place in the State.
He appreciated the Service Commanders of the various security services in the State for their cooperation and hard work.
Governor Ikpeazu also praised officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for their selfless service. He charged the Inspector General of Police to continue to encourage them for optimal performance.
The Governor recalled that his administration had completed and handed over the brand new Zone 9 Police Headquarters Umuahia to the Nigerian Police and gave the assurance that Abia would continue to provide logistics to security agencies to help them effectively discharge their duties.
Governor Ikpeazu explained that the cordial working relationship between government and security agencies has yielded positive results. He added that the prevailing peace in the state is attributable to the robust working relationship with all security agencies.
IGP Baba Usman who commissioned the police headquarters, described it as being ‘up to International standards’. Usman noted that it the facility has 24 hours of guaranteed power supply, an arrangement that will further aide the job of the police.
According to IGP Usman, Governor Ikpeazu has, through the facility, brought motivation and encouragement to the Nigerian police. He promised that his men would justify the gesture with improved performance.
The Inspector General of Police used the forum to thank Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for bequeathing to the Zone 9 Police Headquarters Umuahia, a permanent and modern Office accommodation that is of International standards as well as for launching an ICT-driven security architecture in line with international best practices.
He said that the Governor has through the gesture entered the “Guinness Record Book” as Police most friendly Governor”, charging his men to protect and defend the facility as their own.
In their goodwill messages, Chairman of Obingwa LGA, Mrs Uloma Nwogu, Chairman of the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Joseph Nwabeke, and Chief Ike Onyenweaku congratulated the Governor on his projects across the state, including his disposition to security of lives and property of the citizenry. They expressed the optimism that he would do more in the Senate come 2023.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had earlier handed over the newly-built DPO Quarters, Umuobiakwa to the IGP and was witnessed by the AIG Zone 9 Umuahia, Isaac Akinmoyede, State Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammad Bala, while the IGP later commissioned the newly completed one storey edifice for the Ubakala Divisional Police Headquarters Umuahia and the Special Protection Unit Building at Zone 9 Headquarters Umuahia witnessed by other Service Commanders, the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe among others.