Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has pledged his administration’s maximum cooperation and support for the newly appointed Service Chiefs , to enable them perform their duties of protecting the territorial integrity of the country and warding off external aggression, successfully.
He spoke during an interactive session between the new Service Chiefs and stakeholders in Enugu State, held Thursday , at the Government House, Enugu.
Represented by the deputy, governor, Mrs Ceculia Ezeilo, Ugwuanyi expressed optimism that the engagement will deepen and strengthen the current synergy between the state government and the military over security matters.
The governor hinted that such synergy was responsible for the rating of Enugu as one of the most peaceful and safest states in the country.
He congratulated the Service Chiefs for their deserved appointments and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for their appointments.
“As a government, we would like to use this opportunity to thank the military for internal security services in our state which obviously is an additional burden to their primary responsibility of protecting the territorial integrity of the country and warding off external aggression.
“We join other well-meaning Nigerians in praying for your unequalled success in the very sensitive and onerous tasks of leading the country’s defence and security, ” he said.
In his remarks, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Irabor, commended Ugwuanyi for his hospitality and immeasurable support to the military. He told the governor that they were in Enugu to reach out to their troops in furtherance of their mandate to ensure peace and security of the country in keeping with the directives given to them by President Buhari.
He added that it is the responsibility of every citizen of Nigeria to ensure peace and security in the country,
“I want to thank everyone, especially the government and people of Enugu State for the warm reception we received and equally the support you (Ugwuanyi) have been giving to us as members of the Armed Forces. I will like this spirit of cordiality to prevail”, he said.
In their separate remarks, stakeholders at the event, including the leadership of Hausa Community in the state, acknowledged that peace and security in Enugu State was made possible by the outstanding leadership style of Ugwuanyi.
They assured the new Service Chiefs of their support and commitment to their noble efforts to maintain peace and security in the state in particular and the country in general.