Chief Ambassador Johnny Chukwudi Metchie, the Assistant Commander General of the Nigerian Hunters and Forestry Security Service (NHFSS) in charge of Technical Services, has disclosed that preparations are being made for the governors of South States to start hiring fit young people for the Forest Guard Service in the New Year.
Metchie, the President General of the Umueri community and the Prime Minister of the Association of the Anambra State Town Unions (ASATU), revealed this on Friday when Anambra State NHFSS officials and soldiers paid him a courtesy call at his country residence.
He claimed that once it started, the program would result in the hiring of hundreds of thousands of young people from all five of the states that make up the geopolitical zone. He also said that because the Forest Guards would be collaborating with regular security personnel, the program would eventually help to eradicate insecurity.
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As is done in the United States, Canada, South Africa, and many other nations, Metchie noted that eventually the Hunters and Forestry Security Service would take over the protection and safeguarding of forests throughout the nation. He also added that the program would help to protect farmers and their produce throughout the nation.
He said, “First, let me formally inform you that, on Friday, December 15, just about two weeks ago, I was appointed and decorated as Assistant Commander General of the Nigerian Hunters and Forestry Security Service in charge of Technical Service. The ceremony which took place at the Abuja headquarters of the Service, was performed by the Commander General, Dr. Osetimehim Jacob Wole.
“Secondly, I need to also let you know that both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed the Hunters Bill waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari to give his accent which would make the Bill become law.
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“When that happens, and that would be very soon, the Service would be fully recognized by government. You will then be officially permitted to bear arms and given all other necessary facilities to function fully as Forest Guards, as is done in the United States and other developed countries.
“It is therefore hoped that you all would appreciate what is coming your way and prepare yourselves for a greater service to protect farms and forests in Anambra and Nigeria in general.
“By my appointment as Assistant Commander General in charge of Technical Services, I will ensure that, working with state governors, town union leaders, traditional rulers and other stakeholders, we would recruit thousands of able bodied young men and women into the Nigerian Hunters and Forestry Security Service, especially in the South East while providing technical services nationwide, as my new position provides.
“We have already commenced discussions with South East Governors on the modality of recruitment and operational modus and hopefully, actions would begin to take effect after New Year celebrations.
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“I want to sincerely thank you for making us proud so far, which has led to the government recognizing the Umueri Hunters model and for which we have recruited many people to join you.”
They came to appreciate Chief Metchie’s numerous contributions to the welfare of Officers and Men of the Service, as well as to congratulate him on his appointment and decoration as Assistant Commander General, said the delegation’s leader, Chief Ojudogwo Titus Chukwudi, of the NHFSS for the Anambra State (Technical Services).
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