Fighting Insecurity: Ebonyians pass vote of confidence on Umahi, support one indivisible Nigeria

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Key stakeholders in Ebonyi have passed vote of confidence on Governor David Nweze Umahi towards ending insecurity and communal clashes in the state.

The stakeholders also drummed support for one indivisible Nigeria, urging youths to stand tall for the peace and unity of the country despite the security challenges across the nation at this moment.

Former Governor Martins Nwanchor Elechi speaking during the meeting.

These were made known in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr Orji Uche Orji, Thursday after an expanded security and stakeholders meeting at the Christian Ecumenical Centre Abakalki.

Orji said that the stakeholders reiterated 'the commitment of Ebonyi people to one indivisible, virile and egalitarian Nigeria, where there is love, peace, equity, equality, equal opportunities, justice and fairness in the national socio-economic and political equation and that the leaders are ready to aggregate all agitation issues and engage  Federal Government to address such issues.'

He also stated that the stakeholders expressed satisfaction with the way and manner Governor Umahi handled the security challenges in the state and therefore, passed a vote of confidence on him for his commitment towards ending insecurity and communal clashes in the state.

Further, the Commissioner said that the stakeholders condemned the violent attacks and wanton destruction of lives and properties orchestrated by criminal elements and armed herdsmen in the state, urging the leaders and the youths to rise up against all forms of attacks in the state, as this is a deliberate attempt by enemies of the state to derail the laudable and enviable progress so far made in the state.

It was also noted that the threat to unleash more mayhem by herdsmen and agitators has been taken care of and resolved to confront maximally any act of attack or banditry in any part of the state

 According to Orji, "in furtherance of the security arrangements of the State Government, a security committee shall be set up in each ward and Local Government Area and members shall meet at least every month to review security situations and make returns on the security situations in their respective domains to the State Government. 

"The Council Chairmen have been charged to liaise accordingly with the stakeholders and immediately set up security Committees in their respective Local Government Areas, who shall be interfacing with stakeholders on the security challenges in their communities.

A Cross section of the traditional rulers  in the state during the meeting.

"That the stakeholders and leaders of the various communities are challenged to take full responsibility in preventing their youths from getting involved in violent attacks, armed banditry,  destruction of public facilities and killing of security officials and other innocent citizens in the name of agitation. 

"That leaders in all fields of life must know that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow and must therefore show concern by getting involved in value re-orientation and empowerment of our youths. 

"That our youths should take the mantle of leadership positively and lead the campaign against communal clashes and banditry as an economic sabotage to the future of the state. 

"That the stakeholders appeal to the youths to leverage on the empowerment programmes and job opportunities being created by the state government to get into dignifying means of livelihood to secure their future."

The stakeholders across political divide were said to have agreed to be meeting from time to time to review the security situation in the state and shall together as a people fight the battle against insecurity and communal clashes in the state.

NATIONAL PANEL learnt that the meeting was convoked by Governor Umahi and massively attended by both past and present government functionaries including the current and former governors, Speakers,  Chief Judges, Lawmakers, State Executive Council members, Boards/ Commissions members, Chairmen of LGAs, Coordinators of Development Centres and other Stakeholders - the Founding Fathers, Elders Council members, State CAN EXCO /Bishops, Traditional Rulers, Security Chiefs, Organized Labour– NLC,  TUC,  NUT,  NULGE,  NUJ, representatives of ASUU-EBSU, representatives of SSANU- EBSU, representatives of NASU- EBSU, representatives of NAAT- EBSU, representatives of Students Union Government EBSU, Presidents of Town Unions, stakeholders from Enyigba/Enyibichiri, Iyionu/Ezillo,  Effium/Ezza Effium,  Ohankwu/Amana, Ishinkwo-Ukawu/Abaomege, and representatives of Ebubeagu Security Outfit, among others

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