Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has appealed to the people of old Eastern Region of Nigeria to invest more in the region in other to create jobs.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has appealed to the people of old Eastern Region of Nigeria to invest more in the region in other to create jobs, saying this is the only solution to the rising crimes and other forms of insecurity now rocking the region.
Governor Ikpeazu, who said that government alone can not provide the employment opportunities needed to curb insecurity in the region, also appealed for collaborative efforts of state governments in the region in the fight against renewed insecurity.
He made the appeal at a oneday South-East/Delta states’ security conference organised by Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State in Awka. Speaking at the conference, which has the burden of finding a lasting solution to the security challenges facing the South- East and Delta, Ikpeazu said: “I am convinced that crime and criminality is the great threat to our prosperity and progress as a people.” “Crime has really touched and affected our values.
We are a hardworking people, but crimes have been imported into our lexicon, lifestyles that have derailed us and it is fast destroying our values. Not until we come together to fight crime, our hopes and aspirations as the people of old eastern region will remain a mirage.
“We must rise up to protect the value which we are known for, which is hard-work. We must do everything we can to hold down crime and criminals in our areas. “ I want to call on Ndigbo, like I did in Lagos during the week, to look back home and join in our current fight against crimes and criminality in our region.
We expect our people join in this fight by investing in the region, and help in finding solution to the problem of unemployment that has created rooms for all kinds of crimes and criminality in our region,”Ikpeazu said.
The conference which has Security, Bedrock of Governance, as its theme, was attended by Governor Willie Obiano with the Governors of Abia State, Delta State and Enugu State Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in attendance, while the Ebonyi State governor was represented by the State’s Secretary to the State Government.
-Emenike Ubani, Umuahia