Collaboration with Traditional Institutions Vital for Security, Dev’t, Says C’River Security Adviser

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OdukpaniThe State Security Adviser – South to the Governor of Cross River, Cdr. Patrick Odiong (Rtd), has emphasized the importance of partnership between the government and traditional institutions during the ongoing Peace and Security Tour meeting in Odukpani NEGROIDHAVEN has confirmed. 

On Friday, the state security adviser stressed that the business of security cannot rely solely on the government, and therefore called for the involvement of traditional institutions to attract investors and development to communities.

Cdr. Odiong highlighted the role of small arms and light weapons in violent crimes, emphasizing the need to reduce their prevalence in communities especially Odukpani. He urged royal fathers to share information with security agencies when they become aware of arms’ locations, contributing to the reduction of criminal activities.

Odukpani Traditional Rulers Council with State Security Adviser -South Navy Commander Patrick Odiong Rtd on Friday

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) also stressed the link between drug use and criminality in society. They encouraged communities to alert NDLEA officers when they notice drug users and peddlers, contributing to crime prevention.

In response, HRM Otu Asuquo Otu Mesembe (VI), the Paramount Ruler of Odukpani, stated that improving infrastructure, such as roads and electricity, is essential to attract investors. He emphasized that a well-developed infrastructure would provide opportunities for youths to engage in gainful ventures, reducing criminal activities and creating a peaceful environment for investors.

A cross section of security officials at the Peace and Security Tour in Odukpani on Friday

The ongoing Peace and Security Tour aims to engage communities in dialogue about safety and development, fostering collaboration between local leaders, government agencies, and security organizations. These discussions represent a step towards enhancing security and attracting investment to communities in Cross River state.