The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on Saturday inspected an ongoing construction of the first neighbourhood security watch tower in Jos, the State capital.
This comes few days after it unveiled a crime tracking mobile app and emergency security lines.
The tower at Dutse Uku, a known conflict flashpoint in Jos North Local Government Area will aid efficient and timely security response during threats, said the Governor.
He said, “This initiative will help us address issues before they escalate and ensure that criminals are not allowed to again cause strife among the people”.
Lalong appealed for citizens’ cooperation to build peace in the State.
“We are happy that today there is more understanding among the people today where everyone recognizes the importance of peace, reconciliation and harmony. We have to work together to promote good neighbourliness, tolerance and peaceful coexistence,” he said.
Briefing the Governor, the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services Mr. Cornelius Shiolbial explained that the project aims to provide permanent community based security for the city.
Shiolbial said, “The idea behind this is to have a permanent security presence here that consists of security personnel and representatives of the community who will be working hand in hand to ensure that the whole area is under surveillance and any threat to peace is detected and dealt with on time.
“The structure here provides offices, watch facilities and a conference hall where they can meet and analyse whatever is observed and possibly diffuse any tension”.
He told the Governor that the security team headed by the Operation Rainbow will run shifts and use the watchtower to monitor the City.
The Adagwom Izere of Jos, His Royal Highness, Ada Emmanuel Azik appreciated the Governor for building infrastructure and pursuing the peace and progress of the State.
He promised the continued support of his subjects to the government to enable it discharge its responsibilities.