For aerial surveillance of the activities of herdsmen who are fast becoming a nationwide menace, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has launched a helicopter surveillance.
This routine helicopter surveillance set across the borders of the state is to ensure that any suspicious gathering of people(herdsmen) or curious movements across the borders are quickly picked up and analysed by security experts.
Governor Obiano stated this during the Workers’ Day celebration in Awka, the state capital, assuring the people of the state that his administration had all it would take to prevent any attack by the herders.
The state Governor warned that his administration would deal ruthlessly with the herdsmen should they become “needlessly hostile against their host communities.
He also mentioned that before the growing menace of the Fulani herdsmen in the country, he had set up a special committee to foster peace between farmers and the cattle grazers in the state.
The committee was made up of the leaders of the Hausa-Fulani community in the state, government officials, security agents and some representatives of agrarian communities across the state. Gov. Obiano said:
“This committee has made the herdsmen to pay compensation to communities whose crops were destroyed by their cattle seven times in the past. And we have also paid compensation to the herdsmen when one community breached the peace against them. That is the nature of our engagement with them in Anambra State.”
Restating his administration’s commitment to workers’ welfare, the governor commended Anambra workers for their support to his administration, saying “if Willie is working, then the workers are also working.”
Obiano added that the state government would consider a salary increase for workers once there was an increase in the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Anambra State chapter, Jerry Nnubia, commended Obiano for putting up an excellent performance since he took over two years ago.