Eme Offiong, Calabar
The Nigeria Police Force has promised to partner with the Cross River State Government to enhance security at the multi-billion naira Summit Hills Estate in Calabar.
Summit Hills Estate is a flagship tourism Estate, which sits on a 500 hectares of land within Calabar, the Cross River State capital in southern Nigeria.
The Estate is home to the 5,000 sitting capacity Calabar International Convention Centre, CICC; an 18-hole Calabar Golf Course, 100-bed specialist hospital and residential area.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Zone 6 headquarters, Calabar, Musa Kimo gave the assurance when he received the Managing Director of Summit Hill Estate Development Company, Bobby Ekpenyong in his office.
Kimo, who oversees police commands in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Rivers States, said “security is important to all of us. Without it we cannot be free to go about our legitimate task. We have to draw forces together to achieve that.”
“I want to assure you that we will partner with you at all times to ensure we contribute our own quota to the safety of lives and property. We are here to serve you and we have a duty to protect properties like the Summit Hill Estate, which is a very important infrastructure to the economy, Kimo stated.
He gave an assurance that the provision of security was a fundamental imperative explaining thus: “That is why we are here. I advise that you get acquainted with the Commissioner of Police, Cross River command to kick start the processes.”
The newly appointed Managing Director of the Summit Hill Development Company, Bobby Ekpenyong stated that the vision of the Cross River Governor, Professor Ben Ayade was to ensure the assets and investments function effectively.
“For me to achieve this vision at the Summit Hills Estate, I need the support of the police authority to ensure that the issue of insecurity is nipped in the bud,” Ekpenyong noted.
The MD stated that they were faced with the challenge of vandalisation of the facilities.
“As we speak, the monorail is no longer working because the cables have been vandalized. Most of our equipments and facilities installed at the convention center have been carted away by criminals,” he said.
“The Governor directed that the foremost task was to revamp the entire security architecture of Summit Hills and it struck me that there was no police presence within such a large estate. So I found it necessary that we should have a police post situated within the estate,” Ekpenyong said.
Ekpenyong and his team paid a visit to the Commissioner of Police Cross River Command, Austin Agbonlahor.
Ekpenyong used the occasion to solicit the co-operation of the command to secure the facility, which he noted was a multi-billion naira commercial environment capable of generating 20 to 30 percent revenue.
Commissioner, Agbonlahor said his commands would provide the needed security after a careful assessment of the estate, adding it was the responsibility of the police to protect lives and property.
Agbonlahor said they were willing to provide good security after assessing the estate to ascertain its suitability for a police post.