The Chairman of Uyo Local government area in Akwa Ibom State, Elder Imoh Okon, on Thursday, May 16, sat with the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) to discuss measures on reducing insecurity within the state capital.
The essence of the visit, Platinum.ng gathered, was to devise measures which would help reduce the prevalence of crime and related vices within the state capital.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, the Uyo Council Boss noted that security was one aspect of governance which should be shown keen interest, adding that the meeting with the PCRC is periodic and result-driven. “As the Chief Security Officer of the Local Government, I’m on a mandate to ensure that security is maintained within the state capital. This is the reason we hold reviews with the PCRC to look at the best strategies to make sure that the black spots and insecurity are reduced to a considerable level”, he said.
He however asserted that zero insecurity was not feasible, and called for the involvement of parents and guardians in the checkmate of unusual and unexplained movements.
“It’s not possible to eradicate insecurity completely hence, our target is to reduce it to the barest minimum. Parents should be watchful of their kids and show parental concern, and youths should eschew waywardness; such would make no positive impact to the society. Everyone should abhor criminal acts”, he advised.
The Local Government Head also noticed “an increase in cultism, drug abuse, prostitution”, which he said are elements of insecurity that results in armed robbery and touting at Plaza, Motor parks, markets and metamorphoses into something else.
“As a government, were doing our part to ensure that measures are in place to curb these excesses. This will be made known in due time”, he said.
Also speaking, Chairman of the PCRC “A” Division, Engr. Michael Etim Edet (JP), noted that the meeting with the Uyo council was needful “because he is the chief security officer of the area”, and the fact that Uyo “is the seat of Akwa Ibom”.
“There’s no way we can do without insecurity having had so much experience. We have decided to work together with the local government hence, our visit to rub minds on how to fight crime”, he said.
Speaking on what causes insecurity, the PCRC Chairman mentioned unemployment and parental neglect as causatives. “Some parents are so negligent in their duties that they do not know or inquire about their children’s whereabouts. Inasmuch as you cannot control your wards and screen their activities, they may end up joining these bad groups because they know they are absolutely on their own”, he maintained.