Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has said that his administration will not rest until criminals which have changed the reputation of Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi and Ekwulobia and other cities in the state are chased away.
Obiano spoke at the main auditorium of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik) in Awka, during the 2014 2nd Bi-annual faculty of Education international conference with the theme “professional ethics and innovative practices in Education in the 21st century.”
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy Dr. Nkem Okeke, said his administration was not sparing any efforts in the fight against criminal elements in the state which he said had held the state hostage.
“We are committed to retrieving our cities from criminals; we must not give them a chance to operate in Anambra State”.
“In doing that, we had to be innovative apart from creating jobs to keep our youth off the streets, we recently formed a c(JTF) made up of all the security agencies that collaborate to ensure a regime of law and order.”
“Their rapid response approach to checking criminal activities compliments the vigilantes who have made a success of the concept of community policing in the towns and villages of Anambra State,” Obiano said.
Furthermore, he said that education ranks very high in the list of what his administration called the ENABLERS.
He described education as a veritable tool for training and moulding the character of the youth, adding that his government was determined to improve upon the good foundation laid in the state by former Governor, Chief Peter Obi.
Again, he said that his administration had given education priority with scholarships up to senior secondary school level, while embarking on what he called special vocational training schemes in the three sensational districts in the state, targeted at empowering the youth in various ventures.
Others who spoke on ethics and values included Mrs. Sarah Jibril who said that most of the challenges being faced today in the country were from the institutions and various homes in the country.
Jibril said that the country was sitting on a gun powder today because the worship centers in Nigeria had become centers of cultism where arms and ammunition were hidden.
The Vice chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik), Prof Boniface Egboka thanked their guests and visitors for finding time to join in the conference, describing Faculty of Education in the school as one of the strongest academic units in Unizik.
Also, the Dean, Faculty of Education in the institution, Prof Ogo Ibeneme said the 21st century portends great hope, great changes and also possible challenges.
Therefore, he said it was the duty of the experts to generate solutions that could resolve those national challenges, adding that everybody was all concerned about education in Nigeria