By Ita Williams
The Commandant of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Cross River State command, Bishop Mercy Felix Effiom, has said that with the successful defense of the command’s subvention budget, there was hope for the security outfit.
Speaking while addressing commanders and other officers, Commandant Effiom said the defense of the budget, which took place in the main chamber of the Cross River State House of Assembly at the weekend, was an indication that better days were coming for the VGN.
The Commandant believed that if the much-awaited subvention is finally approved by the government, it would go a long way to helping the command perform optimally, adding that the fund will boost the group’s resolve to partner other security operatives in the state to fight crime.
She assured the state government of VGN’s resolve to utilise the fund judiciously when approved and that the money would be deployed for mobility and salaries among other needs of the command.
“You have laboured, working on an empty stomach. Since 2012, you have been working with bare hands and have been risking your lives voluntarily without any monthly wages, but I assure you that succour is coming so don’t give up,” she told her officers.
She however commended Gov Ben Ayade for his magnanimity in extending helping hands to the group, describing the Governor as ‘a friendly of the VGN, Cross River state,’ and promised to cooperate with the Governor’s team to ensure crimes are reduced to the barest minimum.
She disclosed that the VGN could be seen in all the 18 local government areas of the state with membership strength of more than 5000 officers and volunteers saddled with the responsibility of joining other security organizations in maintaining the security of
lives and property in Cross River.