From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state yesterday commissioned 441 Police Constabulary to compliment government’s efforts in the fight against insecurity across the state.
Bello while performing the ceremony in Lokoja, warned the newly commissioned 441 Special Police Constabulary against actions that can jeopardize security and safety of lives and property in the state.
The 441 Special Constabulary Police personnel were trained at the Nigerian Police Training College, Ilorin, Kwara State.
The Governor also charged them to ensure that every inch of their locality was duly secured and accounted for.
Governor Bello appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and several other security stakeholders for initiating such community-focused programme which was an indication of their respective agenda for a secured country.
The Governor noted that his government inherited a volatile state which in the first term of his administration experienced a positive change as Kogi remained the most secured in the country adding that he didn’t hesitate to maximally seize the opportunity that provided itself to enlist more men.
He said that his administration increased the initial 16 per local government representatives to 21 to further create room for more personnel and increase employment opportunity in these LGAs.
The governor urged them to expand their networks into their respective community and also work with the various security agencies, executive chairmen and other stakeholders to provide the needed logistics and reliable information to forestall any security threats and unravel events when required.
Governor Bello assured the constabularies of the state’s commitment to their prompt remuneration and charged them to ensure that they abide by the laws and orders of their establishment and stick strictly to their assigned responsibilities.
He expressed that the State Government would continue to facilitate more training for them that would further expose them to modern security tactics while it would also establish the modalities for appraisal and reward good performances.
Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, Mr Ede Ayuba in his remarks, lauded the governor for his continued efforts towards delivering a safe and secured Kogi State as well as his several investments in facilitating modern security architecture in the state.
He placed on record that the state government took responsibility for the logistics, accommodation and clothing of the constabularies while on training aside several other efforts it had previously made
The Police Commissioner, however, admonished the constabularies to perform their duties as professionals and ensure that they remain neutral and dedicated to the cause of their assignment.