Ways of tackling security challenges facing the port Harcourt metropolis from the Family perspective topped discussion at the one day Police Community security summit.
Speaking on the topic, “The Role of Community Leaders in ensuring A Peaceful Society” ACP BASSEY EWAH who represented the state commissioner of police CP Mustapha Dandaura also stood in for the IGP. He Said the family is the engine room of the society and there is need to train children with values.
Some children with the kind of school they attend, are exposed to deviant behavior, so as parents we must look out for those things. If a child comes back from school with something you did not give to him, you should be able to ask where that child got it from? If they don’t ask their children questions from an early age, they begin to see those deviants’ behavior as the right things and over time they begin to manifest.
He said policing is every one’s duty whether you are in or out of the uniformed people. We as members of the Nigeria police force can only succeed when the public or the community decides to partner with us.
He said part of what the IGP is emphasizing is community based policing, going back to the roots with the partnership with the community that has always been there, we are only trying to resurrect and reinvigorate it.
He said parent who failed to train their children with good morals dump the children as miscreants to the society.
For his part the port Harcourt chairman of the police community Relation committee PCRC. Chief EBEN OGAN said the aim of the summit is to promote synergy and a better understanding between the police to achieve a peaceful environment.
He said security is every ones’ challenge and the need to do the right things to correct the bad taste of the security situation on ground prompted us to call this round table talk to proffer solutions on how to tackle it.
It’s unfortunate that the chairman of the port Harcourt city VICTOR IHUNWO despite efforts to reach him to partner in this program refused to participate. I wonder the kind of society he wants to lead without solving security issues or come to learn from the experts. You hear people crying here and there, if it’s not here now then its somewhere else that is crying there is urgent need for stakeholders to do something.
Security start from the family, if you come out from a good family and go out there you will represent your family well, people will surly acknowledge it, and if the child is bad of course that child stinks to everyone around him or her, so we are advocating for the parents to start training their children with good Morales.
Chief OGAN also called for more funding for the police. Saying without funds there is nothing the police can do for you, look at your home, if you don’t have money for your child to further his or her education that child cannot further his or her education. We know that the police are seriously underfunded and we want them to be funded so that they can properly take care of us.
The summit which has the Theme as “Securing the Society from the Family witnessed large turnout while some men and women who have assisted in ensuring and leading a peaceable community also received awards and recognition for their contribution towards their communities.
Our correspondent reports that senior members of the community, police and residents of port Harcourt were in attendance for the summit.