By David Okpala/Stella Okpala
Chairman Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter, Prince Ugochukwu Okpalaeke has commended Anambra State Government for reacting aptly to `End SARS’ protest held across the country.
Okpalaeke made the commendation while interacting with Information Officers at Eagle Food Processing Industry, Ozalla Akokwa, Umuchu, Aguata LGA.
Okpalaeke commended the state government for setting up judicial panel of enquiry to ascertain injuries that SARS operations inflicted on the people, describing it as a step in the right direction
“The idea is aimed at compensating the injured, so as to ensure harmonious coexistence; Government set aside N200 million to achieve this goal.
“I must tell you, Obiano is one governor that has an understanding of time. He knows what to do at the time it is needed most.
“My worry is that our people do not take advantage of opportunities. I hope they do well this time.
“If SARS wronged in any way, articulate what happened in writing and take it to the panel set up to look into the matter.
“As you do that, be calm and watch what the government will come up with.
“Violence does not pay, dialogue remains the best process in resolving conflicts,” he observed.
He thanked Nigerian Youths for organising and carrying out End SARS protest peacefully; yet they would be blamed for allowing hoodlums to hijack the protest and unleashing mayhem on innocent citizens.
“Government at all levels is considered not doing enough, with regards to developing infrastructures, yet we have set ablaze in many places.
“The money that the government plans to use to effect road rehabilitation will now be used to rebuild police stations.
“They did not stop at police stations but other public installations were also torched in the name of protest.
“There is no sense setting one’s home on fire to express anger: arson and malicious damages should not be part of the End SARS protest but an act of criminality.
“I am sure their sins shall find them out soon,” Okpalaeke said.
The farmer pleaded with parents to go back home, sit down with their children and talk things over, believing that youths that perpetrated these evils had come from homes.
“So, if properly educated on its dangers, I do not think this will happen again.’’
Okpalaeke enjoined the police not to be demoralised but learn lessons; put everything that happened behind them, forge ahead with the job of securing life and property of citizens.
He pleaded with the Federal Government to announce incentives to police to boost their morale, noting that it would be difficult for any society to progress without proper policing.