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Former Anambra governor and ex-minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has come down heavily on state governors in Nigeria, blaming their carelessness with security funds for the continued insecurity situation across the country.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Ojoto Ofala Festival in Anambra yesterday, Ngige who recently retired from active politics levelled accusations that governors actually “erroneously believe security votes are pocket money for them” and divert them from their intended purpose, thus contributing to the current security crisis.
His words: “Security votes are meant to be spent by state governors to stabilise security in their different states.
“They are not pocket money, but some governors have converted them to personal money.
“Security is like information, publicity; when you are spending money on publicity, you won’t see it; it is not tangible, but you will see the effect. If you put stability in your security, you will see prosperity following it because there will be economic activities.
“Insecurity has made economic activities to be destabilised in the Southeast zone in the past 18 months, coupled with the sit-at-home; and all these activities by non-state actors who hide under the camouflage of Nnamdi Kanu to perpetrate criminality.”
In another report, on behalf of President Bola Tinubu, The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has flagged off the distribution of truckloads of rice donated to members of the Southeast zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
The donation was a personal donation made by the President to CAN in the five South East states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo, as part of Christmas and palliative gift item to cushion the biting effects of the economic hardship occasioned by economic reforms by the current administration.