The Governor of oil rich Bayelsa State in Nigeria’s delta region, Seriake Dickson has charged the Nigerian Navy on peace and stability of the region.
Governor Dickson gave the charge when the Flag Officer Commanding the Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba visited him in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Dickson, who urged law enforcement agencies in the nation to guard against politicization of security issues, stated that government made substantial investment in ensuring peace and stability.
He said: “those, who are in charge of law enforcement agencies, should not politicize security. For us in Bayelsa State, security knows no partisanship; criminality; has no colour and must be dealt with as such”.
“If we have miscreants, who are threats to their communities within this area, we expect the Navy to take decisive steps to contain them and not pander to political interests. This is because we have observed that some criminals are being sponsored by top politicians to undermine the security of this state”, stated the Governor.
Governor Dickson expressed the hope that Rear Admiral Garba would bring his wealth of experience to bear on the task to rid the Niger Delta region of violent crimes.
The Governor granted the request of the Central Naval Command to build a modern barracks and jetty to boost the morale of officers and ratings for enhanced service to Nigeria.
Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba, the Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command in a brief remark expressed the navy’s readiness to collaborate with the State Government to stem the tide of militancy and violence in general.
Garba, who commended the Bayelsa State Government for the donation of acres of land to build office and residential buildings for its personnel, promised to utilize available resources to achieve the mandate of the command.
The FOC highlighted “promoting manpower development and personnel motivation; ensuring regional security, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea”, as some of its duties in line with statutory provisions.
In another development, Governor Dickson has commended the Nigeria Police for promoting, amongst others, five officers attached to the Government House, Yenagoa.
Dickson, who was speaking to newsmen shortly after decorating the affected personnel, expressed the hope that the promotion would motivate the beneficiaries to serve Nigeria better.
Three of the officers, who were promoted from the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, include the Governor’s Aide De Camp (ADC), Mr. Eseimokumoh Agbalala, Mr. Akatakpa Dickson and Mr. Numoupeide Ben, while Mr. Victor Damien and Mr. James Thomas were elevated from Inspector to Assistant Superintendent of Police.