Immediately after my inauguration for a second term in office, security is the first challenge. I am pleased to be present at the Passing out Parade of the Special Constables who will assist and collaborate with the Nigeria Police in community policing.
The 877 special constables are part of the first batch of the 2000 constables to be trained for community policing in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force in Edo State.
The idea of community policing is not new to us as an administration. This concept which has led to the recruitment, training and subsequent graduation of the special constables was one of the ideas I discussed with the present Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, when he served as the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Zone 5 in Benin City, several years ago.
Today’s Passing out Parade of the 877 personnel is legitimizing a structure that started in Edo. You have been recruited to take policing activities in your communities. You will join the Edo State Government to work for the Edo people. We are not bosses but here to serve Edo people.
My administration will continue to train security personnel annually to keep them abreast of the new security models and upgrade their skills to help secure the state and its people.
As a government, we will be investing more on security as we are collaborating with the Federal Government in this regard. We will collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force on the facilities here. These facilities will become busy for us as we will use it to train all the cadres that will participate in all our security architecture. We will collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force in refurbishing the facilities and commit more resources to training more security personnel.”
We are interested in the affairs and development of the special constables. A way to show this is to provide free health insurance for all of them. We will also provide life insurance for each and every one of you.
Working with the Division, we would ensure the intelligence gathered by you, collaborating with the Police, will be effectively used to check crime in the state. You are graduating today into a society that is challenged, security wise. Your first assignment is to join us and other federal security agencies to arrest all the inmates that broke out from our Correctional Centre. We would give all the support for all of them to be arrested and returned to prison.