By Gabriel Chy Alonta
No fewer than 100 men and women have been trained as members of Neighborhood Security Watch in Onitsha North local government area of Anambra state.
The training, which was facilitated by the chairman of Onitsha North local government area, Mr. Patrick Agha Mba, took off at Ime Obi, Awka Road in the commercial city.
Mba explained that the training was aimed at enabling the participants to acquire basic skills needed to combat crime in their neighborhoods so as to create an active security network in the community. It is also aimed at providing job opportunities to the youths.
He added that engaging them in crime control would reduce their participation in crimes and other irregularities within the neighborhood.
The chairman also said that embarking on the neighborhood security was to complement the effort of the Anambra state government which had made security, a priority of his government.
The chairman applauded the officers of AVG for their efforts and sacrifice in complementing the work of Nigerian Police in maintaining peace and order in the state.
The president general of Onitsha Improvement Union (OIU), Sir Chike Ekweogwu, who addressed the participants during the training session at the Ime Obi grounds, said the training was a welcome development to ‘Ndi Onitsha’, other residents of the city and environs.
He admonished them to be of good behaviour and loyal to their trainers.
“You are not trained to become terrors in the community but to guard and protect life and property within your neighborhoods”, Ekweogwu said.
He enjoined the men to pay attention to the training in order to acquire requisite knowledge about security of life and property.
The special assistant to governor on youths, Mr Eloka Egbunike, who was also present at the event, assured the participants that Gov. Willie Obiano was in full support of the training. He urged them to be committed to the training as they were lucky to be selected from the youths that applied.
The training, conducted by Anambra Vigilance Group (AVG), made up of a team of drill instructors and resource persons led by AVG training Coordinator, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Charles Osegbue and under the chairmanship of the AVG state chairman, retired commissioner of police, Ikechukwu Ayodele Aduba.
Osegbue said that they currently had 101 participants, but still expecting more. He added that they were all mentally and physically prepared for the training.
According to him, the training, expected to last three weeks, would be an intensive exercise.