By Evangelist.com.ng edition, Friday, December 1, 2023. Admin.
To further strengthen the commitment of the Executive Chairman of Ibeno, High Chief William Mkpah to people centric leadership, the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, CP Olatoye Durosimi today inaugurated the new State of the Arts Divisional Police Headquarters in Ukpenekang, Ibeno Local Government Area, completed by his administration.
In his address , the Executive Chairman of Ibeno LGC, High Chief William Mkpah stated that in his resolve to partner with government agencies to ensure safety of lives and property through out his tenure, security has been given top priority as his administration has over time deployed series of security interventionary programmes to tackle the unwholesome activities of miscreants in the LGA ranging from motor bike/engine boat snatching, sea piracy, Cultism, militancy, kidnapping and youth restiveness among other vices.
He intimated the CP that last year during his visit to Ibeno, his administration had donated a surveillance Patrol Vehicle to Ibeno Divisional Police office for effective policing and surveillance within Ibeno Communities, has been prioritizing monthly assistance to all security formations operating in Ibeno to boast effective security service delivery and has opened nine (9) Kilometers of virgin access roads for ease of networking.
The purpose of the new Divisional Police Station, he noted was to serve the people of Ibeno and the multinational companies operating in the area against any external aggression and inversion of properties, noting that the facility is also provided in order to serve the security needs of the people in line with the ARISE AGENDA of his Excellency, Pastor Umo Eno, Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom state.
He commended His Excellency the Governor for his fatherly interventions as well as enhancing unity, peace and infrastructural renaissance in Akwa Ibom State while expressing his hope that Ibeno will surely benefit from the dividends of the administration of Pastor Umo Eno in Akwa Ibom State.
In a goodwill message, Representative of Network Exploration, Elder Anthony Effiong commended the council Boss for his ingenuity and passion for service and expressed the satisfaction of his company with his performance and achievements so far in office. He expressed confidence that the facility will go a long way in boasting the morale and working experience of security operatives within the Local Government.
In the same vein, speaking on behalf of the women, Mrs. Eunice Thomas, Non Executive director NNPCL acknowleged with pride the strides of the William Mkpah led Ibeno Local Government administration. She expressed that the women were filled with a great sense of satisfaction and were thankful to High Chief Mkpah for breathing life into a facility that was hitherto abandoned for years.
She congratulated the Police Force on the new edifice and appealed that preventive, proactive, and preemptive security measures be adopted in tackling security challenges posed by youths in the area and advised that technology be adopted in tackling cyber criminality in the area.
Inaugurating the new Police Divisional Headquarters in Ibeno, the 31st Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, CP Olatoye Durosinmi Esq, lauded the Council Boss for the quality of work done in the facility, describing it as the best he has ever seen in his life as a police officer built by community.
CP Durosinmi applauded the council Boss, High Chief Williams Mkpah for initiating the “Asawana” policing system committed to maritime policing, stressing that he was in talks with the Inspector General of Police to establish a police system with personnel drawn from riverine communities to tackle waterway security.
The State Police Boss further commended the Chairman for devoting resources towards boasting security in the area and pledged to support him to achieve more. The Police Boss urged Ibeno people to join hands with the Police and the council chairman to sustain the property so it can better serve the purpose for which it was built.
Recall that the Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Council, High Chief Williams Mkpah in 2021 initiated the Asawana police for the purpose of monitoring and securing the waterways, especially the creeks. The special marine unit of the Police Force, he said was designed in response to the challenges of tackling activities of pirates who hide in the creeks and come to the ocean to snatch boat engines or kidnap. With this group of carefully selected personnel made up of natives of the coastal communities operating with specially built gun boats, the security menace of sea piracy was effectively curbed.
The event was well attended by members of the Ibeno Executive and Legislature, the political class, Ibeno traditional rulers council, security outfits, captains of industries, youths and women groups among others.