ABIA GOVT SET TO LAUNCH SECURITY, CLEAN ENVIRONMENT, STREET LIGHT, EDUCATION INITIATIVES

REPORTER: PEACE AGBO

Abia State Government says all is set to launch a security initiative called “Operation Crush Initiative” to fortify the security architecture of the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture in the state, Prince Okey Kanu, announced this while briefing journalists on the outcome of this week’s Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Umuahia.

Prince Kanu explained that government was doing a lot in the area of security, stressing that the new initiative was aimed at curbing insecurity in the area.

Prince Kanu also stated that Lighting- up Abia Initiative is billed to come on in the next few weeks and would involve the lighting up of major streets in Aba, Umuahia and other parts of the state with solar powered-street lights.

According to the Commissioner, the project is part of the wider “keep Abia Clean Initiative” in which the grasses that grow in the median of the Express way from Okigwe to Imo Gate of the Enugu Port Harcourt Express Way is being cut down as directed by the Governor.

Throwing more light on the Lighting -up Abia Project Initiative, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Pastor Caleb Ajagba, said that the initiative intended to showcase the state and would be carrying out in phases, starting with Umuahia, the State capital.

Also briefing journalists at the end of the EXCO, the Commissioner for Education in the state, Professor Uche Eme Uche, said the plans for “Reclaim Our Schools Initiative had been concluded to reclaim all public school lands taken over by individuals in the past and described the effort as a community-based initiative whereby government would reconstruct and handover selected public primary and secondary schools to communities for protection.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Environment and Urban Renewal, Mr. Philemon Ogbonna, announced that Abia State would be hosting the first ever Climate Change Summit next month.

He however expressed regret that past administrations had failed to domesticate climate change policies for the safety of the environment.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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