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Create jobs to tackle insecurity, Rivers government told

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
04 October 2022   |   2:52 am
Recall that there have been kidnappings and armed robberies on the Emohua Kalabari axis of the state, a situation, which has impacted negatively on the three Kalabari councils

FILES] Wike.<br />Photo/facebook/GovernorNyesomEzenwoWikeCON

Rivers State Government has been told to create jobs to tackle rising insecurity in the state.

Recall that there have been kidnappings and armed robbery on the Emohua Kalabari axis of the state, a situation, which has impacted negatively on the three Kalabari councils, including Akuku-Toru, Asari-Toru, Degema and e neighbouring Emohua Council 

Princewill, a former governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, said job creation and military checkpoints, supported by mobile patrols were key to taming the challenges and attracting development to the areas. 

He said: “Create jobs and install military checkpoints that are supported by mobile patrols. Before you do this, carry out a clean sweep of the area with the help of credible local intelligence. Chairmen of the three Kalabari councils should be involved.” 

He charged APC in the state to stop abusing its defectors but focus on why the people left and look inward for solutions.

“APC should create the environment for not only people to stay, but others to come to them,” he said.

He declared support for the APC governorship candidate in Rivers, Tonye Cole, saying he has international reach and business experience that will help create jobs and create the atmosphere for businesses to thrive.

He said: “I will be supporting Tonye Cole. I said I would in the beginning and nothing has led me to go against my word since. Not even my resignation from the APC. He is a breath of fresh air and a very marked change from the status quo. His international reach and business experience will help us create jobs, create the atmosphere for businesses to thrive and move our focus from simply using youths to win elections to building our youths up to win for themselves and their families.

Princewill said the  2023 elections would be crucial and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC) to display a high level of responsibility, warning that any missteps will lead to crisis. 

“When I was a member of the APC, I was aware that the APC party leadership went to see President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss strategy and he made it crystal clear that it would be a free and fair election and would not interfere with the process.

“INEC is responsible for its conduct and the world, Nigerians and youths will be watching. The election is likely to be tight, so any missteps will be the origins of a potential crisis. And INEC will be held responsible. I believe they know that. A word is enough for the wise,” he stated.