The Anambra State Security Trust Fund says it will mobilize support from stakeholders, major investors and financial institutions in the state to improve the funding of the Anambra State Vigilante Group in order to sustain and better the security architecture in the state especially at the grassroots.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Fund, Chief Chidi Anyaegbu made the promise at a strategic interactive session between the board and members of the Anambra Vigilante Group at the Conference Hall of the Secretary to the State Government, Government House, Awka.
The strategy meeting was to relate the Anambra State Government’s vision and plan for this yuletide to members of the group which is targeted at ensuring that peace is entrenched in all the communities of the State through a special operation and patrols by members of the AVG which will last through the month of December till the end of January.
This will guarantee safety for the residents of the State as well as those in the diaspora who will be coming into State for the festivities.
The Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Anyaegbu represented by a member of the board, Sir Godwin Okeke underscored the role of the group in ensuring the security of life and property of residents in the state and said the intervention by the Trust Fund is expected to complement Anambra State Government’s efforts, improve the welfare, and boost the morale of the vigilante group.
Chief Anyaegbu announced rewards for community vigilantee groups who show stellar performance in the Yuletide Special Operations and promised that beginning from February 1, the Anambra State Security Trust Fund will begin a phased equipping of the different vigilante groups in the State, kit them and ensure improved welfare for them.
The meeting was also attended by members of the Board of Trustees of the Anambra State Security Trust Fund such as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Creative Security, AVM Ben Chiobi, Retired, and the Permanent Secretary, office of the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emman Udeh-Akpeh who is also the secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Anambra Security Trust Fund.
The Chairman, Anambra State Vigilante Group and retired Commissioner of Police, Chief Ikechukwu Aduba and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Vigilantes, Chief Tommy Ezeonwuka were also present at the meeting.
Governor Willie Obiano had last year set up a thirteen man Anambra State security trust fund chaired by the Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Chisco Motors and Consortium, Chief Anyaegbu with the aim to lay a proper foundation for the State’s security architecture and raise funds through voluntary donations by private individuals and organizations to complement government efforts on security.