- Efforts are in place to address the insecurity in some parts of Delta state
- A new security outfit for the state is getting ready to keep the peace as the year comes to an end
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has provided details on their modus operandi and other issues affecting Delta state
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed optimism that Delta state’s security outfit, Operation Delta Hawk, would commence operation before the 2020 Yuletide.
The governor made this known on Tuesday, November 10 at a meeting with traditional rulers and religious leaders at Government House, Asaba, adding that necessary equipment to make the outfit operational had been procured.
He explained that the process of establishing the security outfit took a while because he wanted to ensure that everything was in place, adding that the outfit would tackle kidnapping and other violent crimes, including farmers-herders clashes.
“We are in the process of concluding installation of the communication equipment; the mast is already being provided and by the time we are able to complete the communication equipment installation, then we can truly start.
“The Operation Delta Hawk team will work closely with vigilante groups across the wards and communities and will help to tackle issues relating to kidnapping, farmers-herders clash and violent crimes.’’
The governor also briefed the stakeholders on the activities that took place in the state during the #ENDSARS protests and thanked traditional rulers for their role in community development.
He recalled that issues of illegal detention, police brutality and death of youths triggered the recent protests which emanated from Ughelli and Lagos.
Okowa stated that many youths were unemployed and unengaged, adding that in their idle nature, they are agitated and the #EndSARS protests gave them the opportunity to vent that anger.
He appealed to leaders to brace up to their responsibilities of mentoring the youths on the way to go.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council and the Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor the second, Orodje of Okpe, Orhue the first and the Olu of Warri, Ikenwoli, said the time for restructuring was now for the good and overall development of the country.
They advocated for proper training of police personnel and enhanced remuneration with a view to enhancing their operational efficiency, even as they applauded governor Okowa for establishing Operation Delta Hawk.
On their part, Bishop Hycinth Ogbebor and Alhaji Umumakai Unagha said no effort should be spared in re-engineering and overhauling of the security architecture for a positive result, just as they advocated for true federalism in the country.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has declared that unemployment was a national emergency and urged the federal government and stakeholders to provide skills and empowerment opportunities for youths as a solution to the menace.
The governor made the call in Asaba on Tuesday, November 10 while inaugurating the Delta State Rural Youth Skill Acquisition (RYSA) Programme for 810 rural youths.
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