Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Neighbourhood Watch will support security agencies with intelligence and information to prevent criminality in the state.
Flagging off the construction of Isiodu Road in Emohua Local Government Area on Saturday, Governor Wike stated that he will sign the neighbourhood watch bill passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly to give effect to the legal existence of the Neighbourhood Watch.
Governor Wike said contrary to the falsehood being spread by leaders of Rivers APC, the state government is not planning to arm youths to cause mayhem.
He said that the Rivers State Government is being proactive by establishing the Neighbourhood Watch which will entrench preventive mechanisms that will protect lives and property across the state.
He said: “Neighbourhood Watch has nothing to do with carrying arms. Their duty is to complement security agencies across the state.
“Security of lives revolves around information and intelligence. Members of the Neighbourhood Watch will gather intelligence and information and pass same to security agencies for the protection of lives and property “.
The governor said that the State Government will not be intimidated by the propaganda and falsehood on the Neighbourhood Watch.
He said: “I will sign the Neighbourhood Watch Bill by next week. All these lies being spread will not stop us. The Neighbourhood Watch is for the good of our people. We have sworn to protect our people”.
The governor said that the youths of the state will be employed as the Neighbourhood Watch takes effect.
On Isiodu road, Governor Wike said that the road will be constructed by Julius Berger Plc. He said the administration will execute key projects in different parts of Emohua Local Government Area.
He said that he inspected the Rumuakunde-Rumuche road, which is under construction in the local government area.
The governor appealed to Emohua people to continue to support his administration for the delivery of democracy dividends.
Commissioner of Works, Mr Dum Dekor said that the road will be completed on schedule and in line with specifications.
Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area, Mr Godspower Nwoka commended the Rivers State Governor for developmental projects in the area.
He assured the governor that the people of Emohua Local Government Area will support the re-election of Governor Wike.