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ONITSHA – A socio-political group, Uga Democratic Vanguard, on Wednesday commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra for ordering a clamp-down on hideouts of  hoodlums and street urchins in the state.

The group said in a two-page communiqué in Onitsha on Wednesday that the clampdown was particularly effective in Onitsha and Nnewi.

It said that by so doing, the governor had taken the first step in his security agenda for the state.

“Why crime grows is that its incubation centres are allowed to exist for a long time without check,’’ the group said.

The communiqué said the joint security force combing the hideouts should make it a regular one so that the hoodlums would know that Anambra was no longer a safe haven for them.

“We have it on record that majority of the hoodlums, who are operating under various youth organisations, are not indigenes of the state and should relocate to their own states,’’ it said.

It also commended the governor for monitoring the on-going massive road projects started by his predecessor, Mr Peter Obi.

“This shows that the new governor wants them completed as scheduled within their quality specifications.

“With close monitoring, the contractors will never abandon the projects or abscond with any mobilisation fund released to them,’’ it said.

The statement expressed optimism that the agricultural vocational education initiative of Gov. Obiano would engage the jobless youths.

It said that the scheme would also fight crime and criminality and put food on the tables of the people of the state.

“The governor’s initiative of fighting crime through the meaningful engagement of the youth, instead of importing arms and ammunition into the state to fight crime, is highly appreciated,’’ it said.

The statement, however, urged the governor to find a way of making free education possible in the state.

It said this would engender the growth of human capital and reduce illiteracy and ignorance.

“We are still not convinced that free education is possible in some states but has become difficult in Anambra.

“Gov. Obiano should demystify this notion,’’ it said. (NAN)

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