- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa says the insecurity witnessed in Nigeria is as a result of unchecked population growth
- The Delta state governor also blamed the high rate of poverty and unemployment
- The governor warned that the country must tackle the issue of poverty to address insecurity
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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday, September 9 attributed the security challenges inhibiting socio-economic development of the nation to a multiplicity of factors including the high rate of poverty, unemployment and the geometrical increase in the population of the country.
Governor Okowa disclosed this while playing host to the country's representative of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Mr Vladimir Kreck and the director-general of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Professor Abubakar Suleiman who were in Government House, Asaba for a courtesy call.
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According to him, the nation must address the critical issues concerning poverty and unemployment as well as the growing family size in the contemporary Nigerian society as a way of tackling the challenges of insecurity in the country.
“As populated as Nigeria is, the more secure that we are as a country, the better for the world because if we are not able to secure ourselves, we will create problem not only for ourselves, we create problems for the world.
“So, I pray that your assistance will help in one way or the other to help lighten the security burden that we have at the moment,” the governor said in response to the promise for support in the area of security sector reforms by Kreck.
He applauded NILDS and KAS for their unwavering commitment towards building legislative capacity in the country.
Speaking earlier, Kreck told the governor that the mandate of the German foundation was to support democracy and good governance, adding that they were in the state to promote the capacity of the legislature through training workshop.
Earlier in the day, Governor Okowa pledged the state government’s continued partnership with the military and other security agencies to ensure peace and order in the state.
Okowa made the pledge when Major-General Olubunmi Irefin, the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port-Harcourt, visited him at Government House, Asaba.
He charged the army to sustain the current peace and security in the Niger Delta, adding that the Delta Government had enjoyed a robust relationship with security agencies.
According to Okowa, the partnership between the state and security agencies has helped to ensure peace and security of lives and property and has also made Delta investors' destination.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Okowa recently identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.
The governor stated this on Thursday, August 27 at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta state.
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