Monarch Wants Neighbourhood Watch To Monitor Polls


The plans by the Rivers State Government to involve the Neigbourhood Watch in election monitoring in 2019 general elections, is gradually topping public discourse, as it is believed to aid crime fighting.
The Paramount Ruler of Evo Kingdom, King Leslie N. Eke also supported the plans, when he spoke in an exclusive interview with The Tide last Monday at his palace in Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government.
He said that the moves should be viewed chiefly from the angle of crime prevention and not with mixed feelings.
The paramount ruler noted that until people begin to separate sentiments from security issues, the needed result may not be achieved.
According to him, the immediate beneficiaries of the plan are the members of the public who would be inovlved in the elections and not those whose lots are bettered.
He stressed that the poor masses whose lives would be on line that day, should come out openly and support the state government’s plans to protect lives and property even on election days.
The monarch also expressed regrets on the unattended insecurity in the country by concerned agencies, and added that it remained the major reason for under-development.
On how transparent the outfit would handle the process, he said that its Director-General, Dr Uche Mike Chukwuma, a retired senior police chief has all it takes to deliver credibly.
The monarch maintained that there was no better way to handle such security programme than to make a security expert its head.
Rating Governor Nyesom Wike high on security issues, he called on Rivers people to support the moves to involve the Neigbourhood Watch to monitor the 2019 elections.
To him, the best way to achieve peace was to prevent crime and conflict.
Meanwhile, he has called on the youths to stay off crime as such would never allow them to occupy their rightful position both in private and public places.