THE six villages of Ogbunike community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State have taken delivery of very highly sophisticated motorcycles worth millions of naira to boost internal security patrols within the villages.
The handover ceremony of the motorcycles to unit commanders of vigilantes of the six villages which took place at the Ogbunike Town Hall, could be described as a very special occasion as the gesture was welcomed by the local vigilante operatives who unanimously concurred that the motorcycles will indeed enhance their operations in the area.
The President-General,Ogbunike Progressive Union (OPU), Comrade Chukwugozie Ikegulu, who performed the handover ceremony, said the essence of donating the motorcycles was for the security of the community. He said the motorcycles were not for private use but would be deployed effectively to ensure security of lives and property in Ogbunike community.
He said that apart from the motorcycles, Ogbunike indigenes in diaspora had equally donated other kinds of security gadgets to enhance local security as well as ventured into erection of solid infrastructures to augment social amenities in the area.
Ikegulu however, called on the state government to also assist in motivating local vigilantes by providing what they need to function effectively, adding that the last patrol van Ogbunike vigilante had, was given to it by the Peter Obi administration.
He said if the present state government really wants to succeed in the realm of security, it should begin from the grassroots, stressing that once local vigilantes were empowered, the security of Anambra state is guaranteed.
Meanwhile, Nze Kenechukwu Ikeche, who spoke on behalf of Oganiru Ogbunike Development Initiative, an umbrella organisation for Ogbunike indigenes home and abroad, said it was not the first time an intervention was carried out in the community through self-help.
Ikeche, who is a pharmacist, disclosed that through Oganiru Ogbunike Development Initiative, interventions were carried out at the community’s maternity where drugs, furniture and other pressing needs were attended to, to enable pregnant women deliver safely in the maternity.
According to him, interventions have also been extended to the education sector in Ogbunike; where quiz competitions and prize-giving day were organised for primary school pupils, adding that secondary school education was equally receiving a boost in Ogbunike as dilapidated school buildings are getting priority attention. According to him, community efforts have been the source of development in Ogbunike.
Ikeche was however of the opinion that the aforementioned motorcycles were given to tackle insecurity as most of the villages were very remote and that crimes were mostly committed in such remote places coupled with bad roads which he said only motorcycles could traverse.
Maduegbunam Malachi Muorah, the Commandant of Osile Village Vigilante Group, who took delivery of one of the bikes, said it will be used for the purpose it is meant for. He said the security situation at Osile Village is calm and peaceful, even as he urged government to reconsider the payment of monthly stipends to community vigilantes because they are the ones who battle criminal elements, make arrests and handover to police for further actions.