Engr. David Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State Monday called for the reinvigoration of the federal character principle in the allocation of positions in the country.
This he said would help reduce tension and agitations from some quarters in the country.
The governor made this call during a visit to his office by the Director General of the National Taskforce/National Commission on Proliferation of Small Arms and Ammunitions, Baba Muhammed, and his team in Abakaliki.
Umahi noted that Nigeria has a federal character and nobody should shy away from saying that.
“I will continue to say that we have Federal character and nobody should shy away from saying that.
“Those who intentionally exclude South East from the affairs of the Nation should remember that it must not end the way they wish it.
“We should try to be fair in this Country if we say that we are brothers and sisters
Governor Umahi further expressed concern over the proliferation of small arms and ammunition in the country.
The Governor commended the federal government and members of the National Assembly for their wisdom in setting up the task force.
He also commend the Director General of the Commission for his patriotic disposition in the discharge of his mandate and enjoined other Leaders of the Nation to always adhere to the Federal character principle in their service to the nation.
His words, “I commend the President, National Assembly people for the Initiative.
“The level of arms in the society is so terrible.
“I think you would also turn your eyes to the borders and then these locally manufactured weapons.
So, this will work and it will be very helpful.”
Governor Umahi used the opportunity to set up a 10-man Committee to work with the National Taskforce/ Commission in the State to facilitate the enlistment of over 4,000 Ebonyians.
The Taskforce team is made up of the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kelechi Igwe; Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala; the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bar. Cletus Ofoke; the Head of the service, Dr. Rita Okoro; the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Mr. Chooks Oko, and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Internal Security, Mr. Panchris Eze.
Others are the Principal Secretary, Chief Emmanuel Obasi, and Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Barrister Chioma Nweze.
Earlier, the Leader of the team, Dr. Baba Muhammed said they were in the State to appreciate the Governor for his assistance to the Commission including the provision of Office accommodation, and to intimate him on other programs of the Commission.
He announced the designation of Ebonyi State as the Headquarters for Zone 12 of the Commission in its task of mopping up firearms and Ammunition in the hands of unauthorized persons.