Insecurity: Buhari has approved deployment of advanced technology in South-East – Uzodinma

Insecurity: Buhari has approved deployment of advanced technology in South-East – Uzodinma

By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment of advanced technology to tackle insecurity in Imo and other parts of the South-East geopolitical zone.

 

Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo revealed this to correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

 

He said he was in the villa to thank the president for the various supports, assistance given to the state and appeal to him to approve the deployment of high-tech security technology to enable the area to deal effectively with the security challenges.

 

According to him, with the president’s approval, advanced surveillance equipment will soon be acquired in the region, to enhance the fight against insecurity without collateral damage.

 

The governor particularly thanked the president for the recent conversion of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, to a teaching hospital for the Federal University of Technology, and for approving the conversion of Alvan Ikoku College of Education to a Federal College of Education.

 

While stating that he came to visit the president on behalf of his people, Uzodinma said that the visit was “also to thank him for the various supports he gave to us during our period of security challenges and the support he has also given to us, in terms of the various approvals.

 

‘“Only two weeks ago, Igbos that came home from Lagos and outside South East enjoyed the benefit of the Second Niger Bridge; something that is worthy of commendation.

 

“I also appealed to him for further support, to support us with some technological deployments; we have planned to be able to do an advanced kind of security control in the South-East and he has also given his approval for that.

 

“And in a moment from now, we’ll be getting some surveillance equipment and some modern technologies that will help us manage security, so that we can fight crime with little or no collateral damage to the environment.”

 

The governor, voicing the expectations of the citizens of Imo State in the New Year, said: “Well, my people are enthusiastic and committed Nigerians and we believe in the unity of the country.

 

“We believe that for us to grow as a people, we need the support and cooperation of the Federal Government, and that I’ve always stood for.

 

“So, going forward, I know 2023 will be better than 2022. And the level of development we witnessed from 2020 to 2022 will be improved upon.

 

“And my people have seen a lot of things. If you go to South-East, in Imo State for instance, we got approval of Mr. President that has now enabled the government of Imo to partner with the Nigerian Navy, to dredge Oguta River to Orashi River to the sea,

 

“This is opening up the maritime route. There is a naval base, we are now able to manage and control pipelines vandalism, crude oil theft and all forms of criminality that besieged our area for a very long time.

 

“And the crime has gone down tremendously since the naval base was established.

 

“So, I think we have hope for a better Nigeria. The road that we just completed that was inaugurated by Mr. President, the Owerri-Orlu dualised expressway. Mr president has approved that Imo State Government be refunded.

 

“The good news is every day I come to Mr. President, there’s one positive approval or the other. So, our people are happy; we’re committed, we’re happy; we have never had it so good.”

 

The governor maintained that the APC-led administration had done well, in terms of provision of infrastructure and security in Imo.

 

Uzodinma said: “So, that is why I continue to tell you, that the party to beat in my state is APC. Those who are fighting me in my state are not saying we are not working. They’re not saying we’re not developing the place. They are not accusing us of corruption.

 

“All they are saying is that they are contriving, instigating insecurity out of desperation and then, blaming the insecurity on the government.

 

“I’ve seen at the sub-national level that critical security measures are managed and controlled by the Federal Government.

 

“So, I cannot be blamed for insecurity because you cannot single out Imo State.

 

“National security is about the 36 states of the federation and FCT inclusive.

 

“So, I think we have done so well. And I’m happy by the grace of God, as soon as we’re able to bring the insecurity to naught, we’ll have an environment that we will all celebrate and be happy with.

 

“During this season, we had relative peace in Imo State, and Christmas is a very critical period for us, and New Year is also very critical. And apart from a few scratches in the hinterland, we are on top of the security situation now in Imo State.”

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