A/ Ibom Govt promises rehabilitation of collapsed police stations
The Akwa Ibom State Government has promised to beef-up security in the rural communities of the state by rehabilitating collapsed police stations in there.
The Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr Ekong Sampson, said this on Tuesday while conducting newsmen round Ikot Umiang Police Station in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area.
Sampson said that previous administrations sacrificed rural security by not rehabilitating collapsed police stations in the rural communities.
He recalled that the Ikot Umiang Police Station was always a beehive of activities in the area in the early eighties.
“Security challenge is one of the problems confronting our rural communities; this type of intervention will go a long way in securing Akwa Ibom State.
“This is why our ministry is committed to addressing the challenges of security in our rural communities.
“We intend to work on this old police station, with a view to bringing it back to life. As you can see, it used to have a football field, staff quarters and offices as part of its facilities then.
“These have fallen into bad times; they have been left to rust, and left in serious disrepair.
“Security is a broad challenge; it cannot be left only with the Federal and state governments, although securing our rural areas is one of those cases the state intends to intervene to boost our infrastructure,” he said.
Also at Ikot Okoro Police Station in Oruk Anam Local Government Area(LGA) , the commissioner promised government’s intervention in rehabilitating staff quarters’ roofs that had removed by storm.
Sampson said that as the state was driving toward industrialisation, rural security should be boosted to attract investors and workers live anywhere within the state.
At the Obo Annang Market, the commissioner said that government was committed to rebuilding the market so that it could serve as a source of employment for the teeming youths.
Sampson said that the market, one of the oldest in east of the Niger, had for many years attracted traders from the old South Eastern states.
He assured the residents that the state government would continue to provide favourable environment for economic development in the rural areas to attract investors.