•New CP resumes office, tasks politicians against thuggery
BY AKPAN EDEM in Uyo
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has urged the 2018 Batch C Stream 1 Corps members in the state to contribute their part to the success of the 2019 general elections.
Speaking on Thursday during the official opening/swearing in ceremony for the 1, 964 corps members at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp, Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom state, the governor who told the corps members they were mobilised at a critical period in the nation’s history
Emmanuel, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Mr Monday Uko, noted that nation building requires the contribution of all Nigerians.
He explained that the state government was committed to the provision of adequate infrastructural facilities in the orientation camp for the comfort of the corps members.
He encouraged them to participate actively in the three weeks orientation exercise they would receive in the camp.
“Your mobilisation falls within a critical period in our quest to consolidate on our democratic experience. You will be required to participate in the 2019 general elections.
“I implore you to contribute your quota towards ensuring that the elections are not only credible but free and fair,” Emmanuel said.
Also speaking, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr Julius Amusan, revealed that the 2018 Batch C Stream 1 corps members comprised 952 male and 1012 female.
He charged the corps members to apply themselves to all camp activities and not be selective but take all the training seriously.
He commended the governor for his contribution and support to corps members and the development of facilities in the camp.
“In the next three weeks, corps members will be engaged in various activities intended to bring out the best in them. These include but not limited to lectures, drills Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development,” he said.
Meanwhile, the new Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, who is the 24th in Akwa Ibom State, has resumed office and advised politicians in the state against bitterness and thuggery during the 2019 general elections.
Speaking on Thursday in Uyo during his maiden press briefing, Abang said the command under his watch would ensure there was a level playing field for all registered political parties in the state to operate.
He said the police command will work with sister security agencies and critical stakeholders to ensure free, fair, credible and transparent general elections in 2019.
He said he would enforce the state government’s order on the proscription of cultism and consolidate on the successes recorded by his predecessor, adding that the police command would confront cultism in the state headlong.
The CP said he would also police the state professionally and in accordance with international best practices where the rule of law takes precedence.
He warned criminal elements to relocate, as the state would not be safe for them to operate in, and called for the support and cooperation of Akwa Ibom people to help the police secure the state and make the state the safest.
“I use this medium to call on political stakeholders and their supporters to eschew in totality the politics of bitterness and thuggery.
“May I assure all the political parties duly registered by INEC that Akwa Ibom State Command will ensure a level playing ground for all the parties and operate within the ambits of the rule of law as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
“The Command will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that perpetrators of election violence and other criminal acts are brought to book in accordance with the laws of the land,” he said.