The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has assured of the federal government’s support to Anambra State in rebuilding facilities destroyed by hoodlums during the EndSARS protests.
Dr Ngige gave the assurance when he took an on-the-spot assessment of the damages done on some facilities in different parts of the state during the crises
Facilities visited by the minister included Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, (ASIRS) Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade office; Central Police station Ogidi, Divisional Police Headquarters, also in Ogidi, Divisional Police Headquarters, Nnobi and Nnewi Central Police Station and barracks, as well as the Area Command Headquarters, Nnewi.
The Minister, who spoke shortly after inspecting the facilities, said that President, Muhammadu Buhari had directed ministerial representatives of states badly affected by the protests in the South-East to go round and see the facilities destroyed during the protests.
He asked Anambra State Government to compile the list of government facilities affected to see how the federal government could help the state rebuild, adding that the damaged facilities, especially police offices, need to be immediately re-constructed because of their security necessity.
In his response, the Secretary to the Government of Anambra State, Professor Chukwulobelu, expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the federal government so far.
He observed that some of the civil unrest was perpetuated by non-Anambra indigenes, while acknowledging that Anambra State Government will initiate a social model that would integrate non-Anambra indigenes into some social affairs of the state to give them a sense of ownership of the environment.