OJO ISAAC writes that men and officers of Central Police Station(CPS) Nnewi, Anambra state under the leadership of the Divisional Police Officer(DPO) Mr Babalola Adewuyi(CSP) over the weekend sand filled the multiple potholes on the streets in the division.
The intervention which was done in partnership with the Tipper Owners/Drivers Suppliers Association saw the police move from the CPS to Owerri road, old Nnewi/Onitsha road, Nkwo-Nnewi triangle, Ibeto junction by Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) and Izuchukwu junction.
Over thirty trips of sand was used to fill the multiple potholes on the selected spots while the DPO and his officers oversee the intervention and in the process attracted commendation from motorists.
Banners with inscription of police is your friend, be law abiding, assist the police to serve you better, give credible information to the police was seen at the sites that got the attention of the division.
The DPO, Mr Babalola Adewuyi(CSP) said he has to think out of the box to find solution to persistent traffic jam in the industrial town and as such decided to partner with tipper drivers to sand fill the potholes.
He said there is nexus between traffic hold up and criminality as men of the underworld can easily disposes people of their valuable items and escape particularly those operating on motorcycle.
Mr Adewuyi said he borrowed a leaf from the state commissioner of police Mr Garba Umar(CP) who has been positively impacting the state with projects as part of his community policing initiative which has enhanced the image of Nigeria Police Force in the state.
The Divisional Police Officer urged the critical stakeholders in the town to borrow a leaf from the scheme and think of what they can do for the community as it is mandatory to give back to the society.
He reassured the people of Nnewi that the intervention would not be a flash in the pan as his division will always contribute their own quota to the development of the industrial town through the community policing initiative.
Adewuyi who commended the law abiding people of the industrial town also solicited more cooperation with the division.
The Nnewi chairman of tipper drivers who is also the Public Relation Officer(PRO) of the group, Mr Arinze Ulasi said it is a thing of joy to partner with police on the intervention of enhancing free vehicular movement in Nnewi.
He said his association is prepared to do more as part of their own social responsibility.