By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, says effective and efficient security architecture is the key to unlocking the potentials of the South East Region as the South East Regional Security Management Course ends in Awka.
The event drew participants from various security agencies in Nigeria, the clergy, among others.
The course aims to promote and encourage multi-stakeholders cooperation within the South-East state governments in programming activities that focus on the development of local and regional security architecture, prevention of crime and building collaborative efforts in the management of internal security in the South East region.
Governor Willie Obiano represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu in a closing remark, said that security is top on the agenda of his administration, hence the reason he organized a security summit within thirty days of assumption of office as
the Governor of the state noting that ideas generated at the end of the summit gave birth to operation Kpochapu.
Governor Obiano who reiterated the need for synergy among the five Eastern states to effectively police the region, urged participants to utilize all the knowledge garnered at the course to strengthen the security of the region.
Delivering a lecture, the Provost Air-force Institute of Technology, Kaduna Professor Emmanuel Ezeugwu made a case for crime mapping of the South East region but revealed that no substantial advancement can be made in crime mapping of the region without a policy framework that spells out tactical, strategic and administrative goals and objectives of the security management of the South East region.
Professor Ezeugwu made it clear that sustainable security management of the region cannot be achieved through isolated efforts and struggle for relevance and called for restructuring of the security outfits in Nigeria.
The Superintendent General and Commandant of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, Mr. Patrick Obiefuna opined that viable steps must be taken to strengthen the security apparatus of the South East region ,even as he pointed out that poverty, marginalization and unemployment breeds insecurity.
The South East regional Security Management Course has its theme as “Protecting the South East region in the age of catastrophic terrorism.”