Anambra Guber Poll: Ubah Pledges to Tackle Insecurity, Fiscal Autonomy

The Labour Party (LP) standard-bearer for the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has expressed dismay over the persistent security challenges, which have confronted the state without apparent visible solution in the last seven and half years.

Ubah, who spoke to journalists at Nnewi Tuesday, on arrival from the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the LP, said already, he had proposed a comprehensive review of the security arrangement in the state, when he eventually assumes the mantle of leadership in the state come March 17, 2014.

He further disclosed that his administration would not just fight crime “we shall put structures on ground to discourage criminality, violent crimes and kidnappings.. We will also support financial autonomy for the Judiciary.

Speaking further, he said: “We will implement a comprehensive plan to tackle the root causes of insecurity; reliance on use of force alone will not stem the tide of insecurity in the state. We will focus on preventive measures in order to stop crimes from being committed, rather than waiting to detect crimes and apprehend offenders after the act.

“We will implement job and training programmes to take idle youths off the streets and keep them meaningfully engaged.”

On security, Ubah disclosed that his administration would involve the citizenry in neighbourhood security, which would broaden intelligence-gathering capabilities and also help to curb crimes generally.

“We will deploy helicopters and high-tech surveillance equipment for the police and other security stakeholders to use in the monitoring of our borders for criminal activities and to nip same in the bud,” he said.

On the issue of security vote, Ubah said his administration would use the funds judiciously for the purpose of provision of security in the state.

“In fact, that security would be top priority of the administration, nipping out armed banditry and kidnapping very effectively. The administration of justice would be broadly reviewed to meet international best practices in regards to reducing or eliminating delays and technicalities in the administration of justice and ensuring that courts dispense even-handed justice,” he added.

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