The recruitment of personnel’s into the Cross River State Homeland security has commenced Governor Ben Ayade, revealed at the just concluded retreat for political appointees in the state.
It would be recalled that some few month ago governor Ayade revealed that the state was to set up a Homeland security Service as part of measures to address the issues of crime and other security challenges in the state.
Investigation revealed that the governor has provided all the necessary equipment for the smooth operations of the security agencies. Over 400 vehicles have been bought and branded by the state government for both the homeland security and green police.
The recruitment for the homeland security is been coordinated by the chief security officer to the governor. The measure is another innovative initiative by the governor Ben Ayade led administration to create employment for the teeming youth population of the state.
On the need for the establishment of the security outfit, Governor Ben Ayade while receiving the French Consul-General, Laurent Polonceaux and his entourage on a courtesy visit in his private resident in Calabar explained that the essence of the Homeland Security Service which will be entirely non-arm bearing organizational outfit, and that the state will rely on the support of the government of France for technical and other support logistics for the security organization.
Ayade said that the envisaged Homeland Security which is expected to provide 3000 jobs for Cross Riverians will however be a complete departure from the traditional attitude to security operations, and that it will concentrate but not limited to providing intelligence, profiling of visitors coming into the state and out of the state, including carrying services such as neighborhood check and watch and providing intelligent data and services to Police.
The governor asserted that “with the visit of the Consul-General of France in Nigeria and with the useful deliberation we had, looking the security challenges facing the state and the Niger Delta at this period and looking at how Lafarge can do business much better in a less security tense atmosphere, it became imperative for us to create a security architecture that can protect Lafarge and extend other services to other citizens and visitors to Cross River. Cross River has been the home of tourism, a signature and hallmark of hospitality and good lifestyle for all Africans; hence it is imperative we make it very safe.
It is against this background that Cross river State Government with technical partnership from the French government would be looking at the possibility of setting up a Cross River state Security services. The cross River Homeland Security service is a complete departure from what is the tradition, it will however include but not limited to things like providing intelligence, profiling of visitors coming in and out, providing intelligence services also, doing neighborhood check, neighborhood watch and to understand who comes in and out, providing intelligence data and services to Police, but it will be a non-arm bearing, but with vehicles, and personnel parading and inviting people”.
Governor Ayade went further to disclosed that “we have the French government support providing us with the necessary support we need to succeed, but importantly providing human security services will be the first point of call between the Homeland security and the people. It is technical in nature, it is intellectual, it is packed with a design to focus more on data gathering, intelligence gearing, because in security network, if you have advanced knowledge it will help to abet any action, and that is what we think the homeland security service will have a particular edge.
He also explained that the “secret service unit of the Homeland security service will focus more on intelligence gathering in a digital nature, including satellite gathering which we expect to get some institutional approval from the federal government. It is our hope and strong conviction that this is the way to go in the face of the challenging tension we have in the Niger Delta”.