Ortom charges BSCVG to respect rules of engagement

By Sunday Iduh

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Sunday paid a morale boosting visit to the second batch of Benue State Community Volunteer Guards (BSCVG), who are undergoing a three weeks training at their training camp in the state, with a charge on them to respect the rules of engagement.

“Our presence here today is to register our support, encouragement and back up for you, the trainees of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards. The Community Volunteer Guards is an institution of the law of Benue State. You are not doing anything illegal by registering and undergoing this training.

“We are talking about the future of our children, your own children and yourself. Nigeria today is faced with extreme insecurity and our conventional security personnel have been doing their best in the state which has become inadequate. Several security personnel have lost their lives in the course of ensuring that the state have security and peace.

“I am happy with your enthusiasm. You have encouraged me by your level of commitment and all that you are going through is part of the training that will help you prepare for tomorrow when your commanders won’t be there with you.

“Issues of discipline and resilience that you have learnt here will help you in the course of your assignment,” he said.

Governor Ortom assured the volunteers of his support and that of the people of the state. “You have become part of government. Even though it is a volunteer job, the law permit us to give you incentives. We will make sure we support you to succeed in this assignment by ensuring that we provide all the necessary tools and equipments that you need to succeed,” he assured.

The Senator representing Benue North East, Gabriel Suswam in a remark, cautioned the volunteers to live above board. “This training is not for you to go back and use it for mischief. It is absolutely important for you to act within the confine of the law establishing the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards. The way you conduct yourselves after the training will determine people’s perceptions about you and your activities,” he stated.

“It has become apparent and obvious in the country that the conventional security needs to be complemented. They are not enough. Most times a lot of things are lacking. You live in your various villages and that is why it is community volunteer. You are expected to be vigilant and handle any suspicious activities. You are not to take laws into your hands. Follow the structures in handling all the challenges that may arise,” he added.

He expressed appreciation to the Governor for the initiative. “The governor is setting a future for our state. We have been attacked and invaded. No one can protect your house better than you. We want you to live by examples and protect our people

“Your Excellency, thank you for taking the bull by the horns. You have done something that a lot of people will not appreciate now. But in the coming years, people will be singing your praises for the peace because we need community protection and you have taken up the gauntlet, set up a structure and has taken all necessary precautions,” he stated.

Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Col. Paul Hemba (Rtd) explained that the morale in the camp has been high, stating that the trainees have undergone very rigorous training which prepare them adequately for the task.

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