The Governor of Cross River State, Mr Ben Ayade, has signed the Home-Land Safety and Security Services Bill 2016 and eight others including the Primary Health Care, Environment and Carbon Emission, Equal Opportunity and Gender Based Discrimination Bills.
Others are: The Greater Calabar Development Agency, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) Amendment, Harmonized Levies and Roads Infrastructural Maintenance Development Laws.
The Cross River State Home-land Safety and Security Services Bill, code-named “Operation KBM” “is a response to the increasing social and security challenges of the present day society,” Gov Ayade said at the signing ceremony.
According to the Governor, the bill is aimed at providing neigbourhood watch, vigilante patrol and intelligence gathering, providing supportive information to the Police and also providing a real-time, on-time emergency intervention in locations and areas of physical security threats.
Mr Ayade further explained that the philosophy behind the Home-land Security is based on the African culture and tradition of being “ones brother’s keeper”.
The governor also commended the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, principal officers and other members for effective collaboration with the executive in churning out 23 bills since the inception of current administration.