Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Wednesday displayed 360 security patrol vehicles purchased by the State Government to help security agencies, vigilante groups and forest guards fight insecurity in the state.
While showing journalists the vehicles at the Government House, Enugu, Ugwuanyi said that 260 Siena vehicles would be distributed to all neighbourhood watch groups and forest guards while 100 Hilux vans would be given to the army, police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The governor who said the move was to further strengthen the security architecture of the state, also noted that state government has placed order for security patrol motorcycles and bicycles.
He said that the new move would ensure that all the 478 autonomous communities in the state were secured.
Ugwuanyi said the state government was in constant consultation with security experts in its bid to ensure the implementation of a laudable forest guard security outfit in the state.
He said that being the first state in the country to have forest guards, “we do not want to make mistakes. That is why we are consulting security experts at every stage.”
The governor said the security architecture of the state would be such that even local hunters would be empowered with one form of mechanical mobility or the other.
Ugwuanyi said that in spite of recent incidents of insecurity in the country, “Enugu is only second to Abuja in terms of safety.”