Following the fear of the activities of the radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram, the Delta State Government has flagged off a programme tagged: ‘Know-Your-Neighbour’.
Speaking on Wednesday in a local Television Station, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan said the move was to encourage various communities to know residents close to them as well as new the immigrants in their communities.
He explained that the decision was part of government effort to curb insurgency, which is currently bedeviling the country, especially in the northern part, and stressed the need for residents to know their neighbour as well as what they do for a living.
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The governor urged resident to report any suspicious movement to relevant authorities, adding that the recent security challenges in the country needs extra vigilance.
“We must be vigilant, we must do a know your neighbour kind of programme and who is your next-door neighbour? Is anybody coming to us that we feel uncomfortable with? Is there any mass movement that we are uncomfortable with? that we most be sure of whom we dealing with,” he said.
Uduaghan also used the medium to blast council chairmen for not building upon the successes recorded by the committee setup to eradicate filth and illegal shanties in Warri and its environs.
“Virtually every street, I mean I can’t talk of a local government council now that is taking this issue of sanitation seriously and the mandate I gave to you when you were being sworn in, I said you should concentrate on two key areas environmental sanitation and security, if you able to do those two alone you would have succeeded, but people are not paying attention to sanitation, you just see streets with indiscriminating dumping of waste virtually every street and that is your primary responsibility. Whatever we are doing now is suppose to complement with what we are doing now,” Uduaghan said.
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The governor advised the council bosses to be watchful of those that were internally displaced by Boko Haram attacks as it could lead to the reoccurrence of polio, a disease which the state has not experienced for the past five years.