* Recruits additional 870 personnel
* Orders for security patrol vans from Innoson motor
From Steve Oko, Umuahia
Worried by the spate of theft, vandalism of public structures particularly schools and general insecurity in parts of the state , Abia State Government says it would reactivate the Abia Vigilante Services (a. K. a Bakassi Boys).
Determined to enhance the security of lives and property of residents, the Abia State Government, has ordered for 21 security patrol vans from Innoson Motors.
Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, who disclosed this Tuesday while briefing the press on the outcome of the state Executive Council said additional 870 personnel would be recruited to rejig the vigilante outfit.
According to him, protection of educational infrastructure across the state and safeguarding of Local Government premises will be the core mandate of the outfit.
The Commissioner who said Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu was determined to enhance the security of lives and property of residents, hinted that Government had already ordered for 21 security patrol vans from Innoson Motors for distribution to security agencies in the state.
He, therefore, tasked security agencies on vigilance and improved patrol activities to checkmate criminals.
The Commissioner explained that the choice of Innoson Motors was borne out of the Government’s desire to promote and patronise locally -made products.
According to him, the state had already taken delivery of nine of the vehicles while the balance is expected in two weeks time.
The Commissioner also said that the Exco had resolved to commence the full implementation of the contributory pensions scheme, national health insurance scheme and hospital information management system.
He said that beginning from 2019, retirees from the state would no longer be owed pension arrears as they would be captured in the scheme.
Kalu also disclosed that the Minister of Health would be in the state next week to launch the Hospital Information Management System, which he said would help doctors have easy access to the medical history of patients for easy medical attention.