- The need for collaboration between security agencies and the civilian populace has been emphasized on by Governor Okowa
- According to him. collaboration between security agencies and the civilian populace to engender greater peace and security in Nigeria
- He insisted that security is something that is not limited to the military or the police or other security agencies, but includes civilians
There is a great need for stronger collaboration between security agencies and the civilian populace according to Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
According to him, this help engender greater peace and security in the country.
Okowa made the call at a gala night on Friday to round off a four-day defence retreat tagged 'Asaba 2022' which was held at the Events Centre, Asaba.
He pointed out that there must be a strategic engagement by security agencies, particularly the military, with the civilian populace, saying that such synergy would build trust and make Nigerians to truly work together in securing the nation.
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According to him, security is something that is not limited to the military or the police or other security agencies, but includes civilians because we have a lot of roles to play.
"I believe that it is well with this nation and that a strong collaboration between our security agencies and the local population would continue to help us achieve greater peace in this nation.
While lauding the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor for holding the defence retreat in Asaba, the governor commended military officers and men for the great job that they had been doing for the nation.
"First, we thank God for a very successful defence retreat in Asaba, Delta State and l want to use this opportunity to again, register our pleasure that the CDS brought this retreat down home to Asaba.
"There is no doubt that God has made it possible for us to have relatively peaceful state and the fact that we are able to attract this retreat to Asaba is in itself, a testament to the fact that the state is peaceful.
"In Delta State, we have been working very closely with security agencies and because of very high level of cooperation and the commitment of the officers working very closely with the civilian populace, we have been able to achieve relative peace.
"And, l am grateful to all the security officers that helped us to maintain relative peace in this state and we pray that God will continue to help us to achieve lasting peace, not only in Delta but in our nation, Nigeria.
"I believe that this kind of retreat is the best retreat; it is something that should be hosted often in this nation because it gives room for people to truly share ideas and l think that that is what you have been doing in Delta State in the last four days."
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Earlier in his remarks, General Irabor thanked Governor Okowa for the very elaborate arrangements put in place by the state government to receive the military officers and to host them, adding that they had a brainstorming session at the retreat.
The CDS pointed out that the objectives of the defence retreat were achieved, adding that the retreat afforded them opportunity to look at a broad range of military activities in a bid to ensuring that security was strengthened within the country.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Monday, May 9 charged political appointees in the state to remain focused and never allow the heightened political activities in the country to distract them from the pursuit of his administration's agenda.
Okowa gave the charge while swearing-in Mr. Nicholas Ojei as a special adviser and Mr. Azaka Ossai as a member of governing board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) at Government House, Asaba.
He congratulated the appointees on their appointment and reminded them of the need to make meaningful input in their various positions.
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Governor Okowa recently called on religious leaders in different denominations in the country to organise special prayer sessions for God to intervene in the affairs of the nation.
He made the call on Tuesday, February 15 while playing host to the president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Wale Oke at Government House, Asaba.
The Delta state chief executive noted that Nigeria as a nation needs prayers for God to positively turn things around for the overall good and development of the country, emphasising that the myriads of problems confronting the nation require prayers for them to be surmounted.