From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Nasarawa State government has distributed 42 operational vehicles to security agencies, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as traditional and religious leaders to enhance their performance in the state.
The governor of the state, Abdullahi Sule while presenting the vehicles on Wednesday at Government House, Lafia, said the vehicles would help in fighting insecurity in the state and enhance effective performance of the other benefitting stakeholders.
He assured that his administration will continue to support security agencies, in order to protect lives and property of its citizens.
According to him, in spite of the security challenges confronting Nigeria, the state has remained among the safe states in the country.
He attributed the relative peace enjoyed in the state to efforts of security agencies and traditional institutions, calling on residents to provide useful information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals causing problem in the state.
“Security is the responsibility of everyone and government will continue to make efforts to assist security agencies in the state that was due to a recent security threat, we decided to shut down our schools.
“We have carried out operations in the state that included all security agencies, vigilante, hunters and the people of the communities where these operations took place.
“We, therefore, want to thank the security agents and traditional rulers for your support. This is our own way of saying thank you and encouraging you in the fight against insecurity,” Sule said.
He, therefore, called on religious leaders to assist government in creating awareness on the need for supporters of the various political parties in the state to conduct themselves peacefully during the forthcoming campaign, as well as the 2023 general elections.
Earlier, in his remark, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr Mohammed Ubandoma said since inception of the Governor Abdullahi Sule led administration 3 years ago, government had distributed 129 vehicles, comprising HiLux vans, Land Cruisers, buses and other exotic cars to government officials, traditional rulers, security outfits, among others.
He said: “We are gathered here to witness the distribution of additional 30 brand new vehicles, 8 Sharon mini buses and 4 fairly used Hilux pickup vehicles.
“It is therefore, our hope that the beneficiaries of His Excellency’s gestures will continue to justify the investment of the present administration to enhance security of lives and property as a guarantee for efficient and effective service delivery.”
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Adesina Soyemi, represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DPC Shehu Nadada, thanked the government for the gesture and promised to use the vehicles judiciously.
The Voice reports that the beneficiaries included; the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Army, Nigeria Air Force, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) among others.