The wife of the Imo State Governor, Lady Ebere Ihedioha, has commended the officers and men of the Imo Civil Guard Corps, for their diligence in carrying out their functions of Traffic Control and Management.

The Governor’s wife made the commendation when she received the Acting Commandant General of the Imo Security Civil Guards Corps Prince Martins Ekeh and other officers of the Corps who paid her an official visit, in her office.

Lady Ebere Ihedioha urged the Acting Commandant General and his officers to carry out adequate enlightenment campaign to sensitize the people on the need to always keep their environments clean and shun indiscriminate dumping of refuse, which she said poses great danger to their health. “Your efforts in traffic control and management have not gone unnoticed but I urge you to double effort it”, she appealed to the Corps Commandant General.

Earlier,the Acting Commandant General of the Corps, Prince Martins Ekeh, traced the existence of the Corps to Imo State Law No. 14 of 2003, which established it as the Imo Orientation Corps, an enforcement arm of the Imo State Orientation Agency vested with the responsibility of ensuring traffic management/control, enforcement of Sanitation Laws with Imo ENTRACO, provision of Guard Services, including crowd control in both public and private functions.

Prince Ekeh said on assumption of office he decided to change the method of traffic control by introducing reflective jackets for easy identification of officers on duty and rain coats, which now makes it possible for the officers to work even in the rain. Stressing also, that the Corps in collaboration with the FRSC is waging an all out war against traffic congestion by introducing an exercise tagged, “Bye bye to traffic gridlock”.

The Commandant General disclosed that in a bid to serve the government and the people better, arrangements have been concluded with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NCDC) to train some of his officers on Disaster Management, Control and Intelligence.

On enlightenment and IGR, “we have visited the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in the state where we urged members to engage in investigative journalism to make way for effective reportage. In the same vain we are using our guard services in revenue generation for the state in line with the new Imo IGR policy”, he stated.