Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has commended the Federal Government for the establishment of the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, covering four states in the Niger Delta to enhance security.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the governor gave the commendation, when the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Major General Enobong Udoh and other senior military officers paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa.
The governor also commended the Chief of Army Staff and the military high command for the setting up of the 16th Brigade in Bayelsa, noting that, of all the brigades that were established, the military formation in the state was about the first to commence operations.
While reiterating the need to adopt dialogue and consensus building in addressing security challenges in the Niger Delta, Dickson called for professionalism and integrity on the part of the security forces in the discharge of their duties.
He said security would continue to receive priority attention in his administration, as it plays a key role in providing an enabling environment for investments and socio-economic activities to thrive.
Dickson said, “I want to use this opportunity, to on behalf of the government and people of this state, pledge our willingness to continue to work with the security forces of our country, particularly the military, in the area of executing our joint and common responsibility and mandate for security.
“I run a government that takes our responsibility of providing security very seriously. This government has always worked with security agencies giving them support as much as we can. We have always mobilized the citizenry to support the security efforts because we believe and it is true that unless we have a secure and peaceful atmosphere, no meaningful development can take place.”
In his remarks, Gen. Udoh said he took over the command on January 13 and his visit to the state was part of his familiarization tour to states under his command.
While expressing appreciation to the state government for its assistance, especially in the provision of logistics support, Major General Udoh said, as General Officer Commanding, 6th Division, he has the mandate of actualising the vision of the Chief of Army Staff in the sustenance of peace and stability.
To enhance the operations of his division, Gen. Udoh requested the state government to provide a piece of land at Igbogene and Otuoke, as it would enable the Nigerian Army build its permanent accommodation.