Gov Ugwuanyi Advocates Citizen Engagement to Build Trust Between Police, Nigerians

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Gov Ugwuanyi Advocates Citizen Engagement to Build Trust Between Police, Nigerians
Nwolu Obiajulu

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has called for citizen engagement and robust communication strategies to build mutual trust and confidence between the police and the policed to facilitate the healing of all wounds after the EndSARS protests.

Gov. Ugwuanyi who said that security provision has been a major plank of his administration added that the state government has established and resourced the Enugu State Forest Guard Security outfit as well as the Neighborhood Watch groups and went further to legislate the State Security Trust Fund to provide adequate resources for maintenance of security of lives and property.

The governor made this known when declaring open the 4-day Intensive Capacity Building Workshop for all Police Spokespersons in Nigeria, holding in Enugu, with the theme: “Crisis Management and Law Enforcement; the Role of Police Spokespersons”, the governor stated that the event was timely and momentous.

He commended the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, who was present at the event, for the initiative and other ongoing reforms aimed at addressing the agitations of the Nigerian people for a Police Force that is people-friendly, more professional, accountable, and respects the rights and freedoms of the citizenry.

Stressing that the workshop could not have come at a better time than now, “given the recent #EndSARS protests with its accompanying mayhem, as well as other spikes in criminality”, Gov. Ugwuanyi pointed out that the lesson of the protests with the manifest mistrust and yawning communication gap between the police and the policed, compels a new paradigm for citizen engagement and robust communication strategies to build mutual trust and confidence as well as facilitate the healing of all wounds.

“In enthroning this veritable panacea, the role of the Police Spokespersons in leading the discourse and inspiring new ideas will be key”, the governor said, revealing that the hosting of the workshop was in keeping with his administration’s tradition of supporting worthy causes, especially those bordering on the security of lives and property of the people of Enugu State as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

He, therefore, urged the participants to optimize this opportunity to network, peer view and cross-fertilize ideas with the experts to sharpen and broaden their public relations knowledge and skills for enhanced service delivery to the Police Force in particular and the nation in general.

In his address, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu, appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi for hosting and sponsoring the workshop, stressing that it was a demonstration of the governor’s commitment to security issues in the state and the country at large.

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