Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia
For any divisional police officer (DPO) posted to Isuikwuato Local Government in Abia State the problem of finding a suitable accommodation had always been a big problem. The situation was so persistent that some of them were compelled to operate from outside their area of operation or bear the cost of staying in hotels. The immediate past DPO was said to be operating from the commercial city of Aba. For many years the accommodation problem had lingered and in fact became the lot of every DPO that found himself posted to Isuikwuato. But now all that has become history as a befitting house has been built and handed over to the Abia State Police Command by a non-governmental organisation, the Emma Nwaka Foundation (ENF) to henceforth serve as permanent abode for any DPO posted to Isuikwuato. The police took possession of the house recently to the joy and relief of the current DPO, Mr. Jeremiah Udo. He was barely two weeks old at his new duty post and was already facing the same “pathetic” accommodation problems like his predecessors when he was presented with a new house. So the DPO now feels at home at Isuikwuato.
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi was highly elated by this rare gesture from the Emma Nwaka Foundation. Represented at the handover ceremony by the deputy commissioner of police, Sagir Abubakar, the CP called on all people of good will and organisations to emulate the patriotic gesture of the Emma Nwaka Foundation.
He noted that if the DPOs in each of the 774 local governments in the country could be provided with befitting houses like the one at Isuikwuato such assistance would greatly enhance national security. The CP reiterated that security remains everybody’s business hence Nigerians should always be willing to contribute their own quota in making the police perform their duties better. He also pointed out that community policing would record the expected success if people begin to see the police in their locality as their own and offer the needed assistance to enhance their operations.
Chairman of Emma Nwaka Foundation, Senator Emma Nwaka said that he was touched by the difficult situations under which DPOs had been working to provide security for his local government. “We thought it wise and necessary to build a house and hand same over to the Nigeria police in perpetuity on the understanding that it shall become the permanent abode of any DPO posted to the area,” he said. According to Nwaka, the police perform critical and highly dangerous function in the society hence everything possible should be done to provide conducive environment for the police to do their job. He said: “The job these men/women do can at times be quite hazardous. Often times, they lead their men to confront dangerous criminals. It is not fair that at the end of the day such an officer goes back to dwell among these miscreants without absolute control over his own house.”
The Isuikwuato DPO house, which is a three-unit partially furnished complex, is located at Amokwe-Amiyi, less than 500 metres from the divisional police headquarters. The edifice comprises a three bedroom flat en suite, a two-room semi-detached component for his orderly/assistant and a security post. The house is also provided with the compliments of perimeter fencing, water supply and a dedicated generated 7KVA generating set to augment public power supply. Not only that a good access road leads to the DPO’s residence.
Though the police is the direct beneficiary of the befitting house built by the ENF it is expected that the gesture would rob off on the security of the entire Isuikwuato Local Government, Abia State and Nigeria in general. This resultant benefit was pointed out by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa in a letter of congratulation dated December 7, 2017 which he sent to Senator Nwaka. According to Ohuabunwa, who represents Abia North senatorial zone, of which Isuikwuato is a component, the “rare choice” of providing a comfortable perpetual accommodation for DPO in Isuikwuato was very commendable and “worthy of emulation. This is indeed an added strength to the foundation of our national security in Isuikwuato and the entire nation,” he said.