Rivers State Government on Thursday said two helicopters purchased for surveillance would begin patrol of the state by January next year.

The state governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said the helicopters, which cost $30m, would be used for air patrol in order to expose and arrest criminals the state.

Amaechi added that his administration was spending the money to secure lives and property of the citizens.

He also called on the citizens to pay their taxes in order to guarantee better services from the government.

The governor observed that 99 per cent of armed robbery and kidnap cases in the state had been arrested by security agencies.

He commended the efforts of security agencies in combating crime in the state.

Amaechi spoke in Port Harcourt at this year’s State Security and Technology Innovation Forum the state organised in conjunction with Nowforce and MDP Systems, an Israeli security organisation.

He said, “We hope that between now and January, we will be able to provide helicopters with cameras that will be flying round the whole of Rivers State 24 hours.

“We have paid and they are due to arrive at the end of December. We need to employ the pilots and train all the other people that will work with them and integrate their activities with the military or the SSS.

“Finally, please, pay your taxes; we need your money because these helicopters cost $30m and then, and we need to train the pilots. We also need to maintain them every day until they achieve their purpose.”

He explained that it was necessary for the government and the private sector to provide more job opportunities, adding that such measure would help to reduce the crime in the country.

- The Punch