Members of a South-East socio-political group, Umu-Igbo Unity Discussion board Worldwide, rose from their assembly, weekend, blaming the worsening insecurity within the zone on joblessness.
The assembly, held at Enugu, was attended by Nationwide officers of the Discussion board, led by the President-Basic, Dr. Godwin Chinedu Duru, in addition to delegates from throughout the nation.
In a communique signed by the Secretary-Basic, Mazi Buchi Ogbonna, the group lamented the worsening poor safety state of affairs within the South East States occasioned by frequent and wanton destruction of lives and properties by unknown gunmen and different prison components.
They referred to as on the Federal Authorities, South East Governors and Safety Companies “to nip the ugly development within the bud and cease the killings and destruction of properties as no area or nation can transfer ahead with out safety of lives and properties.”
The communique said that, “the Discussion board vehemently condemns the latest killings and destruction of properties that occurred in Enugu and Ebonyi State respectively, the jail break and burning of the State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, Imo State Capital, the frequent killing of Police Officers on responsibility, the assault and burning of a number of Police Stations by hoodlums and criminals which has turn out to be the development in all South-East States and referred to as on the South East Governors, Chief Safety Officers of their numerous States to work in collaboration with all Safety Companies to stem the tide and cease additional lack of properties and destruction of properties within the area.
“The Discussion board opines that the key reason behind insecurity is unemployment and joblessness on the grassroot which ends up in youth restiveness and makes the youths readily and simply obtainable for prison actions.
“The Discussion board, due to this fact, calls on the Federal and State Authorities to revive and the Native Authorities System which the third tier of Authorities and make it extra financially viable and vibrant with the intention to create employment and jobs for the teeming Youths on the grassroot to maintain them busy and away from crimes and prison actions.
“The Discussion board additionally calls on the Federal Authorities to regig and restructure the safety equipment of the nation to make more practical and proactive within the discharge of their duties of crime prevention and safety of lives and properties of the residents by establishing State and Group Police to go with the efforts of the Federal Police within the combat towards crime and prison actions prevalent in our nation.
“It calls on the Federal Authorities to decentralize the Police Drive by creating State Police below the command of State Governors and provides State Governors commanding powers because the Chief Safety Officers of their States to swiftly deploy the Drive to distressed areas in instances of emergency and save lives and properties of their States.
“The Discussion board additionally frowns on the dangerous and deplorable situation of most Federal roads within the South East and the infrastructural deficit within the Area and referred to as on the Federal Authorities to behave quick and restore the dangerous Federal roads earlier than the onset of the wet season to ease motion of products and other people into the area and likewise enhance different infrastructure within the area to make life extra significant and improve the financial actions of the folks of South East.”
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