By Agnes Nworie
Ebonyi state government has given backing for disqualification of some applicants into the State Neighborhood watch vigilante group by the Nigerian army for lateness to training venue.
The state commissioner for Internal Security and boarder peace Hon Stanley Emegha made this known in Abakaliki while speaking with newsmen about the scheduled physical fitness training for the reconstituted neighborhood watch members at the Nigerian Army cantonment Nkwagu.
According to the commissioner, punctuality is one of the criteria for examination of any applicant, having signed and handed over training to the military, the government wouldn’t interfere.
Emegha made it clear that the exercise is not for political patronage but purely merit based. He urged the military authorities to undermine any undue pressure from any political angle and come up with a genuine report that will help government in selecting those that are fit for the job and not to sacrifice the security of life and property of the people on the alter of politics.
He emphasized that the state Governor, Engr David Umahi attached high premium on the security of life and property of every Ebonyians and residents alike, which has earned the state, most peaceful and investment corridor in the country, hence the need to compliment gains and ensure that all hands be on deck in choosing the best hands for the job, adding that the exercise is meant to select the best Ebonyians with experience and passion for the job and called on the participants to take the training seriously as anyone who fails the fitness training test will automatically be disqualified.
Mr. Okoro-Emegha expressed optimism that the 580 neighborhood watch workers expected to be recruited in the state shall reduce rate of crimes to the barest minimum in collaboration with other security agencies in the state.
The commissioner expressed concern that young, courageous and determined female applicants are few in the list and enjoined them to make good use of the opportunity since the commission is giving the both sexes equal employment chances and what a man can do, a woman can do even better.
“We will have 20 persons each from the local government, 20 persons each in the 16 discos in the Urban if you sum them together they will be 580 persons with Thirty thousand naira (N30,000.00) salary each. We cannot compromise security; we are going to recruit only those who have passion for security work.
“We allowed the military to screen them so that they will learn how to be disciplined. I have warned politicians not to interfere because the training will never be politicized to avoid dwarfing the efforts of the government. Women, if you are courageous and determined feel free and come up and join us. There are works that can be done better by you” he said
During interview with some of the applicants, Mr. Igwe Moses and Jasper Awoke pledged to work to the best of their abilities and knowledge in safeguarding lives and property of the people if given the opportunity to serve.