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Anambra declares war on vandalism of public assets



ANAMBRA State Government has continued its intervention measures to recover vandalized government properties across the state.
The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, stated this during a one- day campaign program, organized by the National Orientation Agency(NOA), at Neni Town Hall, Neni, Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra state.
The programme was aimed at sensitizing the community on preservation and protection of public assets, as well as other critical infrastructure of government.
Speaking at the event, Gov Obiano regretted the rate hoodlums vandalized various government properties in communities.
The governor, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Power, Energy and Water Resources, Victor Meju, narrated that “since January to November 2018, a total of about 120 transformer vandals have been arrested, and 26 percent of the location affected is Anambra state.
“About 50 transformers in Nnewi have been vandalized, 30 in Awka, 100 in Onitsha and six in Ekwulobia have suffered the same fate within the above mentioned period of time,”the governor explained.
The governor emphasized that the state government had spent heavily to rejuvenate vandalized transformers, adding that it cost the government over N500,000 to revive each vandalized transformer.
However, in the light of the event, Victor Meju, charged the communities in Neni to contribute in the safety of the public assets by reporting any suspected individuals to the appropriate authorities, rather than taking laws into their hands.
“The criminals responsible for such crimes do not come from the sky, it is either they are indigenes of Neni or live around the area.
“To this end, Obiano has beefed up the security, which include, the Civil Defense Corps, Community Vigilantes and other relevant security agencies in the state to apprehend, charge and prosecute miscreants and hoodlums responsible for such crimes,” he added.
Governor Obiano also dropped some phone numbers that the community could call should any difficulty arise.
While commending NOA for the robust and educative programme, the governor charged EEDC to sensitize its customers on the importance of been vigilant when it comes to safe guarding their power installation.
On his part, the State Director NOA, Charles Nworji, identified the consequences of vandalism on public assets and bemoane the lackadaisical attitude of people reporting the hoodlums behind such crimes.
Extending his gratitude to governor Obiano for his huge investment in power, Mr. Nworji called on the public to always safeguard every government property to enjoy more largesse from the state government.

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