Abia State Government Declares That Security Is Top Notch In This Administration

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Abia state Government says that security is the critical focus of the Governor Alex Otti led administration as it is the fulcrum of economic development.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Kenneth Kalu stated this while receiving in Government House Umuahia a delegation of the Course 17 , Syndicate 2 of the National Institute for Security Studies, Abuja, who were in the state for a one week study tour.

Prof. Kalu, who said that because of the importance the state attaches to security, Dr. Otti on assumption of office launched Operation Crush to deal with criminal activities and improve security in the state, maintained that all the policies of government can only be beneficial to the people when they are secured.

While commending the team for chosing Abia for its study said that the theme of the course,
“Artificial Intelligence, Security and Emerging Economies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects” is not only apt but indicates what Abia state stands for. He Said that for Abia state, the economic development being talked about is not just in GDP but in changing and affecting lives positively and improving on the welfare of the people.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Navy Commander MacDonald Ubah (Rtd.) told the team that the Governor Alex Otti led administration is committed to providing adequate security in the state and had mapped out strategies to achieve it. He added that the government has extended the business time in the state to ensure economic growth .

Earlier, the team leader of the Course 17 , Syndicate 2 of the National Institute for Security Studies, Abuja, Dr. Adegboyega Karim said the institute embarks on research and human capacity building, disclosing that they were in Abia for a one week study with the theme “Artificial Intelligence, Security and Emerging Economies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects”

Dr. Karim, who emphasised the importance of artificial intelligence in today’s government business requested the SSG to intimate them on the things the state plans on artificial intelligence and its challenges and Prospects. He commended Governor Otti for creating a Minstry of Digital Economy and SME and used the opportunity to invite Abia state Government to participate in the flaship programme for officers of government from Deputy Directorate level and above.

The Team later held an interactive session with the Secretary to the state Government, Aides to the Governor on security related matters, Permanent Secretary in the SSG’s office Lady Ogechukwu Maduka and members of the management team where present during the visit.