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Enugu Governor Inaugurates Enugu Security Trust Fund, Targets ₦20 Billion For Security

Dr. Peter Mbah, the governor of Enugu State, officially opened the Enugu State Security Trust Fund on Tuesday. He stated that the fund was in keeping with the administration’s pledge made during the campaign to improve the state’s record of safety for people and property.

The Mbah administration carried out significant changes to the enabling law in 2023 and executed a Deed of Trust to open the door for the appointment and installation of a Board of Trustees (BOT) to fully operationalize the Trust Fund, even though the enabling law was passed in 2020 but remained inactive.

Other members of the BOT are Mr. Nathaniel Udeh and Mr. Chris Ekemezie representing the private sector; Commissioner for Human Capital and Poverty Eradication, Dr. Malachy Agbo, and Commissioner for Culture and Toursim, Dame Ugochi Madueke, representing the state; and the State Director, Department of State Security, Mrs. Theresa Egbunu and the Garrison Commander, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, Brig. Gen. Murtala Abu, representing the security organisations.

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Additional participants include ACP (Rtd.) Ifeanyi Nwafor, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, who represents the Chairman of the Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, Bishop Onyeka Onyia, the Anglican Bishop of Nike Diocese, and Rev. Fr. Prof. Christian Aneke, the Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, who represents religious institutions.

Mbah, who thanked them for agreeing to lend their extensive network and knowledge to the state, estimated that the state will spend N20 billion on security by 2024, but emphasized that the government was depending on the private sector for assistance in this respect.

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