WARRI – Former governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has asserted that the only way the Federal Government can curtail criminality is by way of effecting a total change in the security architecture of the country.
In an exclusive interview with GbaramatuVoicehe stated that he started the campaign for the creation of state police which he believes is the only way to put a check to all acts of criminality in the land.
“I am very much involved in state police. I am a firm believer of state police. I was one of the people who started the state police campaign, at that time everybody thought it was political strategy but today everybody is talking about state police.
“State police is the answer to criminality problems in Nigeria because all outside countries have state police. Even our traditional system, traditional leaders have their policing, because those people were like police. They were the ones who were going to arrest people who commit offence and other palace issues,” he disclosed.
On illegal refineries, the former governor stressed that he has always advocated for their legalisation.
“I have always said legalize the illegal refineries. I will make reference to the time the colonialists used to arrest our people for illicit gin which is Ogogoro. And what did the expatriates did? They went back and modified it and started making alcohol and it no longer became illicit gin. So, instead of closing the illegal refineries we should improve on them in technology; give them fuel; give them working capital so that they can start a small refinery because modular refineries are not cheap.
“They cost millions of dollars and require less human labour. But small refineries can bring about ten boys together who can have a small refinery and this can stop the environmental damages. Because now they get the oil illegally; burn it illegally and dispose the waste and this has polluted our environment but when we legalize them all these can be avoided,” he stressed.
Speaking on the reasons he had to forgo his ambition to contest for senatorial position in 2015, he said he took the step in his desire to give peace a chance and to ensure that he played a Sterling role in the electoral fortunes of his party, PDP, at state and federal levels.
Dr. Uduaghan refuted recent claims that he was hobnobbing with the new national chairman of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Watch out for the full exclusive interview in GbaramatuVoice Newspaper which would be on the newsstand on Monday 9th July, 2018.