Yuletide Safety: FOSAD tasks South East governors on security of lives and properties during Christmas festivities

The Forum of South-East Academic Doctors (FOSAD) has urged the governors of South East states to ensure adequate security of lives and properties during Christmas holidays in the geopolitical zone.  

The Christmas season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. Families come together, communities unite, and cities are adorned with festive lights. However, amidst the joyous atmosphere, the need for security becomes paramount. In the South-East region of Nigeria, where Christmas is celebrated with great enthusiasm, the governors are expected to take significant strides to ensure the safety of lives and properties during this festive period.

The South-East region, comprising states like Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo, has faced various security challenges in the past. Issues such as communal clashes, kidnappings, and armed robberies have posed threats to the lives and properties of the residents. Recognizing the importance of security, especially during festive seasons, the governors of these states must consistently prioritize the safety of their people.

To enhance security during Christmas, the South-East governors should invest in improving the security infrastructure within their states. This includes the deployment of modern surveillance systems, the establishment of well-equipped police stations, and the procurement of advanced communication systems for security agencies. The goal is to create an environment where law enforcement can respond swiftly to any security threats.

The governors should foster strong partnerships with various security agencies, including the police, military, and paramilitary forces. Joint task forces should be created to coordinate efforts and share intelligence, ensuring a comprehensive approach to security.

Recognizing the importance of community involvement in maintaining security, the South East governors should also embrace community policing initiatives. Local residents are actively encouraged to participate in neighborhood watch programs, providing an extra layer of vigilance. This approach not only strengthens the relationship between the community and law enforcement but also empowers citizens to take ownership of their security.

The governors should implement public awareness campaigns to educate citizens on security measures during the Christmas season. These campaigns should cover a wide range of topics, including the importance of being vigilant, reporting suspicious activities, and adhering to safety guidelines. Through various media channels, including radio, television, and social media, the governors would have created a well-informed and security-conscious populace.

To deter criminal activities, South East governors should intensify security patrols and establish checkpoints in strategic locations. These measures are aimed at preventing the movement of criminals, identifying and apprehending suspicious individuals, and maintaining a visible security presence throughout the region. The heightened visibility of security personnel serves as a deterrent to potential wrongdoers.

In preparation for any unforeseen incidents, emergency response systems must be established. This includes the establishment of emergency hotlines, the training of rapid response teams, and the deployment of ambulances and firefighting units. These measures ensure that in the event of emergencies, whether related to security or public safety, the response is swift and effective.

Given the geographical location of South East region, strong emphasis must be placed on securing borders to prevent the influx of criminal elements from neighboring states. Collaborative efforts with neighboring state governments should be initiated to create a coordinated approach to border security. This regional cooperation is crucial in addressing cross-border criminal activities.

South East governors should embrace technological advancements to enhance security. This includes the use of surveillance cameras, drones, and other cutting-edge technologies to monitor public spaces. The integration of technology not only provides real-time information to security agencies but also serves as a force multiplier in crime prevention and detection.

In conclusion, South East governors must demonstrate a noticeable commitment to ensuring security of lives and properties during the Christmas season.

FOSAD believes that through a combination of infrastructure development, collaboration with security agencies, community engagement, and the use of technology, insecurity will be drastically curbed. While challenges persist, proactive measures must be taken by the governors to reflect a dedication to safeguarding the well-being of their constituents and promoting a secure and joyous festive season in the South East.

As the Christmas lights shine brightly across the region, so should the resolve of South East governors to provide a safe and secure environment for all.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Signed

Dr Uzor Ngoladi

Secretary-General, FOSAD