Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the state government will not be intimidated by the propaganda and falsehood reportedly spread against the Neighbourhood Watch.
The governor said this on Saturday while flagging off the construction of Isiodu Road in Emohua Local Government Area of the state.
He, however, vowed to sign the Neighbourhood Watch Bill passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly, to give effect to the legal existence of the Neighbourhood Watch.
“I will sign the Neighbourhood Watch Bill by next week, all these lies being spread will not stop us,” Governor Wike noted. “The Neighbourhood Watch is for the good of our people; we have sworn to protect our people”.
Highlighting the responsibilities of the agency, he said its personnel would support security agencies with intelligence and information to prevent criminality in the state.
Contrary to claims by some political groups that the state government is planning to arm youths to cause mayhem, the governor said the youths would be employed as the Neighbourhood Watch takes effect.
He maintained that the state government is being proactive by establishing the agency, which would entrench preventive mechanisms aimed at protecting lives and property in the state.
“Neighbourhood Watch has nothing to do with carrying arms, their duty is to complement security agencies across the state. Security of lives revolves around information and intelligence.
“Members of the Neighbourhood Watch will gather intelligence and information and pass same to security agencies for the protection of lives and property,” Wike said.
On the construction of the Isiodu Road, he informed reporters that the road would be constructed by Julius Berger Plc., stressing that his administration would execute key projects in different parts of Emohua Local Government Area.
Governor Wike further appealed to the people of Emohua LGA to continue to support the government in order to evenly deliver the dividends of democracy.
Giving an insight on the project, the Commissioner of Works, Mr Dum Dekor, said the road would be completed on schedule and in line with specifications.
Responding, Chairman of Emohua LGA, Mr Godspower Nwoka, commended the governor for his commitment to developmental projects in the area.
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