Health work­ers be­gin in­def­i­nite strike to­mor­row

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Kelvin Ebiri, Port Har­court

RIVERS State Gover­nor, Nye­som Wike, has hinted that the po­lice will not be re­quired to vet re­cruited op­er­a­tives of the state in­ter­nal se­cu­rity out­fit, Neigh­bour­hood Safety Corps Agency.

He has also dis­closed that mem­bers of the agency are to bear light arms for self-de­fense sub­ject to the ap­proval of the po­lice.

Gover­nor Wike stated this dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the board of di­rec­tors of the agency in Port Har­court, yes­ter­day.

Though the law es­tab­lish­ing the agency had stip­u­lated that the po­lice should vet re­cruited op­er­a­tives, the gover­nor said the state Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil will ap­proach the Rivers State House of Assem­bly for the amend­ment of the Neigh­bour­hood Safety Corps Agency law, so that the po­lice will not be re­quired to vet the re­cruited op­er­a­tives as is ob­tain­able in La­gos State. He ex­plained why the po­lice would be pre­cluded from vet­ting the re­cruited op­er­a­tives was be­cause some politi­cians have ap­proached the po­lice to sab­o­tage the scheme by re­ject­ing op­er­a­tives re­cruited by the agency. Wike said there was no go­ing back on the es­tab­lish­ment of the agency be­cause it is cen­tral to the se­cu­rity of the state. He then charged the board chaired by Bri­gadier Gen­eral Dick Iron­abare, to kick-start the process of recruiting qual­ity op­er­a­tives for the agency. “Use your ex­pe­ri­ences and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to en­sure that the Rivers State Neigh­bour­hood Safety Corps Agency takes off ef­fec­tively. Start the re­cruit­ment process of the op­er­a­tives.’’

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