Okowa charges military to sustain peace and security in Niger Delta

Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

..Pledges continued partnership of South-South Governors

By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

As threats of herdsmen invasion and other threats get closer in Delta State, the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has commended the Nigerian military for cooperating with other security agencies to ensure peace and security of lives and properties in the Niger Delta region and charged them to sustain the tempo.

This was as the governor pledged the state’s continued partnership with the military and other security agencies, saying the robust relationship between them and the state has brought peace and security  in the state as it has made the state investors’ destination.

Speaking in the week when Olubunmi Irefin, a Major-General and new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port-Harcourt, visited him at Government House, Asaba, Okowa, expressed happiness that sea piracy has reduced in the state.

Thus, the goveenor who is also the chairman of South-South Governor’s Forum, pledged the support of the South-South states to ensure protection of oil installations in the region.

“I assure you of our cooperation at all times because we have had very warm working relations with the division since inception.

“The military and other security agencies have worked quite a lot with us to ensure peace within the state. There is still a lot to be done but we have done quite a lot,” he said.
“Sea piracy is still there, but it has largely reduced in Delta and we will continue to work hard and provide the needed support because when there is a perfect working relationship, to support becomes easier.
“Information sharing is necessary to secure our state, and here in Delta, community conflicts are stepped into as quickly as possible because of the various peace mechanisms we have put in place.
Earlier, the GOC said that he was in Delta to familiarise himself with the government and people of the state.

He commended the governor for the tremendous support he has given to 63 Brigade as well as the level of peace and security in the state.

He said that the governor’s development and youth empowerment programmes had reduced crime and criminality in the state and lauded him for the infrastructure development across the three senatorial districts of the state.

He pledged his commitment to partner other security agencies to sustain the prevailing peace and security in the states within the division.