According to the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Northern Affairs, Faisal Lawal, all Northern traders operating in Imo State will henceforth undergo a thorough screening by the state government to ascertain their proper identity.
Lawal explains that the screening by the state government through his office had commenced already with the aim of identifying every Northerner that is operating business in the state, adding that the exercise would also affect those being engaged in security outfits in all parts of the state.
The screening, according to him, is in line with the recent declaration of “Know Your Neighbours” declared by Governor Rochas Okorocha following the recent averted bomb explosion at Winners Chapel, PH road – Owerri.
He said that the screening involves the name of the Northerner, his state of origin, the type of trade, endorsement by his chairman, trading location, adding that in the end an Identity Card bearing the person’s passport and signature of the chairman of the trading association and Sarki would be issued to the person for proper identification.
The SSA assured that at the end of the exercise, every northern trader would be fully documented, stressing that any body found without ID card might be new in the state and yet to be identified by his chairman of the trading location.
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