GOVERNOR OKOWA MEETS DELTA STATE STAKEHOLDERS ON SECURITY
Governor Okowa stated that the new security outfit would assist the police and other security Agencies in promoting security of lives and property through the maintenance of law and order in the state.
The Governor noted that body armour, communication gadgets and other necessary tools have been provided for personnel of the security outfit, whom, he said, have under gone training .
He disclosed that five billion naira was budgeted in the 2021 proposed budget of the state for youths and women empowerment, stressing that a lot of youths have become security risk as a result of unemployment and lack of entrepreneurial skills.
Governor Okowa, called for the input of traditional rulers, religious leaders, opinion leaders and other critical stakeholders in handling the issue of kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clashes, armed robbery and other unwholesome activities.
He disclosed that corona virus pandemic had affected the world economy negatively, explainimg that the 2020 budget of the state was reviewed downward twice because of the sharp fall in the price of crude oil in the international market.
The governor recounted the losses the state recorded during the peaceful #EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums, adding that the violence, arson and burning of government buildings and beautification structures were championed by non Deltans that came from other states.
He said his administration would place high premium on empowerment programmes as a deliberate effort to control crime and criminality that could slow down the pace of development in the state.
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 the first and other speakers at the meeting, 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 positive result, just as they advocated for true federalism in the country.