Anambra Governor bags security Icon in West, Central Africa too
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query_builder November 12, 2019 15:08:06

By Ikenna Aniagboso :

Awka, Nov. 12, 2019 (MOI) Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has been adjudged as the winner of the Security Icon in governance in West and Central Africa Awards.

The award was conferred on the Governor at the 16th Africa Security Watch Awards, held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Organised by Security Watch Africa, it was in recognition of efforts by individuals, institutions and governments in Africa at ensuring security of life and property.

Anambra state set the pace yet again during the awards ceremony which has a theme: ``Celebration of Africa's Best In Security, Safety And Governance’’.

Anambra State alone, carted away five significant Awards in different categories from the event.

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang won the Best Crime Bursting Police Chief in West Africa award while the Chief Security Officer to Gov. Obiano, Mr Chinedu Aniagboso, a Chief Superintendent of Police, received the Best Executive Protection Security Officer in West and Central Africa.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Command, Mr Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police, received the Most Outstanding Police Public Relations Officer in West Africa.

Mr Williams Oduma, a Chief Superintendent of Police, won the Best Police Operations Officer in Nigeria. Mr Oduma is the Anambra State Police Operations Officer.

To cap the event, the Anambra State Police Command won awards as the Best Crime Bursting Police Command in Nigeria.

Gov. Obiano was given the opportunity present and an address entitled: ``Crime Prevention, Control and Fighting in an Emerging Economy --The Anambra Case Study (Global Security Outlook: Challenges, Impediments and Prospects for a Secured Africa) at the ceremony.

The governor was represented during the occasion by his Special Adviser on creative security, Retired Air Vice Marshal Ben Chiobi.

Obiano remarked that Anambra state like most states had its fair share of security challenges, insisting that his administration made a choice to take a definite stand against crime in recognition of the fact that no development could take place without a provision of adequate safety and security.

The governor’s commitment to security was a deliberate choice as it was an effort conscientiously made in addition to presence of mind consistently focused on crime-fighting.

According to him, the first major step is recognising that every developmental plan of the administration must be anchored on robust and integrated security system -- a system without which every effort will be either frustrated or whittled to a point of losing the desired impact or worse, ending in futility.

``This is my resolve to articulate ideas and develop a master plan that will became evident in organising Nigeria’s first International Security Conference, which was put together shortly after I was sworn in as governor of Anambra State.

``We organised Nigeria’s first International Security Conference and hired an Israeli security expert to facilitate it.

``Several hours of brainstorming on peculiarities of Anambra security scenario, led to the drafting of blueprint that became the famous Anambra State Security Architecture.

``The blueprint was implemented to the letter as I upgraded all security equipment and facilities in the state.

``I donated operational vehicles and launched several security operations to combat crime in the state. The progressive efforts eventually led to launch of security operation codenamed operation Kpochapu - a joint task force to intensify the fight against crime,’’ Obiano said.

``Operation Kpochapu has now evolved into digital security and surveillance systems in the second phase, marking the advancement of Anambra State into a new model.’’

On October 11, the Anambra State Government shocked Africa with an unprecedented deployment of mobile security surveillance systems in the state.

Again, the government complemented this with the donation of 111 smart cars and 71 motorbikes to security agencies in the state. This is to show the commitment of Gov. Obiano in ensuring that the Anambra State remained crime-free.

This provision of these modern equipment and operational vehicles as well as enhanced incentives for the personnel, has aided immensely in crime fighting in the state and in repositioning Anambra as the safest state in Nigeria.

Investments and businesses opportunities have improved tremendously, going forward. What is more, Anambra has become the fourth largest economy in Nigeria with the lowest poverty rate and a GDP of $11.83bn and a per capita income of $1,615.

Today, the state is home to the first indigenous Vehicle Manufacturing Company in Nigeria, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing located at Nnewi.

Investments in agriculture have grown massively over the years with many sons of Anambra as well as others investing billions of naira in the sector. The latest examples are Coscharis Farms, Lynden Farms, Stine Rice Mill, Josan farms.

The hospitality business has also grown with new, world-standard hotels springing up in the state.

The engagement and empowerment of youths in government and other skill development initiatives have facilitated a sharp decline in youth restiveness.

Through, the Anambra State Business Agency (ASBA), many youths have secured loans to support their businesses, thus ensuring rapid growth in youth entrepreneurship.

The light-up Anambra project - the installation of street lights across the state to complement the strides in security - on its part, has ensured a considerable extension in business hours in the state.

It can be said without doubt, that Anambra is gradually edging toward having 24 hour economy. All these have been achieved because solid foundation of security and safety that has been laid.

It is, therefore, not surprising that Gov. Obiano's commitment to safety and security has continued to earn him awards and recognitions.

He has won many awards in the past on account of his developmental strides in every sphere of the state's economy and more for his relentless effort in crime-fighting.

Gov. Obiano won the award as the Best Governor/Premier on Security Architecture in West and Central Africa in Banjul Gambia during the 15th edition of the Africa Security Watch Awards.

On October 28, the Nigeria Police Force honoured Gov. Obiano with Best Governor Award in Supporting Security Architecture in recognition of his tremendous support to the Anambra State Police Command.

On October 2018, Obiano won the Presidency Awards as most outstanding governor on worker's welfare. This buttresses the fact that the governor does not joke with remuneration of workers, including security personnel.

Since inception of his administration, Obiano has paid salaries as and when due. In 2016, Obiano had won the prestigious Zik prize for leadership for his stellar performance and visionary leadership just after two years in office.

In February 2016 he was crowned the Sun Man of the Year by the Sun newspaper. Obiano also won the Silverbird’s man of the year award in 2016 for achievements in education, massive infrastructure development and prudent management of resources.

There is nothing more reassuring to a people than the knowledge that the person they elected into office has made a choice to protect their life and property.

Apart from the fact that the fundamental concern of every human being is security and safety, it is reassuring and gratifying when a leader does just that.

While many nations and states grapple with issues of security, others are proactively making choices to always stay one step ahead of criminals and ensure the safety of life and property.

Gov. Obiano was decided when he chose security as tops in his priority especially with regards to current realities in a constantly evolving world.

This was captured succinctly in his concluding remarks. ``The world is united by one anxiety – the challenge of securing life and property; the challenge of living in a society, where our freedoms are not limited by fear.

``Ladies and gentlemen, humanity today is united by decreasing boundaries of freedom forced upon us by an increasingly unsafe world. But in Anambra State, we have chosen to live safe and to live free!’’. (MOI)