Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa say the best way to tackle security issues in the Niger Delta is through the sharing of intelligence and combination of personnel to achieve desired results.
The Governor made the observation on 27/07/16, in Asaba when he received the Commander of Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie who led top officers of the multi-service task force to pay him a courtesy call.
According to the Governor, the activities of militants in the creeks of the Niger Delta region had not only affected the revenue accruing to the federation accounts but Delta State in particular, disclosing, “we are worst hit by the present activities in the creeks; we pray that these activities of militants will stop so that we can maintain oil production without breaches as our revenue has dropped drastically.”
The Governor who noted that sea piracy has reduced, stressed that the state still has some issues with kidnapping and advised the need for close collaboration among security agencies to nip it in the bud before it assumes another dimension.
He asserted that unless security threats are tackled, including kidnapping, armed robbery and other vices, investors would be sceptical about doing business in the country.
Rear Admiral Okojie had told the Governor and top government functionaries who witnessed the event that they had the mandate of President Mohammedu Buhari to secure the waters in the Niger Delta region covering part of Ondo, Edo, and the entire Delta, Bayelsa; Rivers as well as part of Akwa Ibom States against security and economic threats.
He assured the people that Operation Delta Safe was prepared to tackle any criminal action within the Nigerian maritime area and urged criminal elements within the region to have attitudinal change.