Having a secured Akwa Ibom State is a task every well-meaning indigene and resident should join hands to achieve.
Unarguably, insecurity puts society at risk of social vices and contributes to underdevelopment.
For instance, in Akwa Ibom State, successive administrations have played their parts to keep the state safe by tackling insecurity.
However, such efforts (though commendable) shall be optimized further by the incoming administration of Obong Bassey Albert (OBA) come 2023, who has a retired Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Asuquo Awana Amba, as his Deputy.
The retired security top shot is certainly one whose wealth of experience will help a great deal in redesigning the security architecture and help in the quest towards a crime-free society.
Consequently, the Governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Senator Bassey Albert (OBA), promises improved security in the state once he assumes office as Governor in May 2023.
A quick check on his manifesto outlines some key strategies he will bring to the fore to guarantee the safety and well-being of the people as well as the economic stability of the state.
In his submission, critical issues such as decay in the value system, increased crime rate, unemployment, and inadequate technological advancement are some of the challenges fuelling insecurity in the state.
These challenges are surmountable given the right policies and good leadership. The pair are some of the salient features that will characterize the administration of the two-term senator, having shown enormous capacity in his previous assignment as Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee.
His experience as a Federal Lawmaker, heading one of the most sensitive committees in the National Assembly, the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), is also significant in galvanizing resources for the development of the state.
OBA’S government will be committed to protecting its people and guaranteeing their freedom to go about daily activities without fear of being killed or harassed. The administration will pursue dialogue and a Memorandum of understanding to resolve conflicts rather than using state and non-state actors to intimidate the people.
The establishment of the Akwa Ibom State Security Trust Fund and the State Neighbourhood Security Scheme to complement the conventional security agencies are some of the strategies he has designed to secure the state, especially the coastal areas.
The key benefit of these two ideas shall be an enhanced policing of the state in conjunction with our main security forces.
Similarly, in collaboration with the security agencies, Obong Albert will enhance the protection of lives and properties through digitalization and other related services in the state capital, major cities, and townships.
He is also determined to tackle the root causes of poverty and insecurity by initiating a robust structure that would enhance job creation and provide means for the engagement of Youths.
For such a laudable blueprint, I urge Akwa Ibomites to trust OBA as he will improve the welfare and security of indigenes and non-indigenes – running an administration devoid of tribal, religious, social, or economic sentiments.