Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Thursday, stressed the primacy of security in governance, arguing that it is the pivot on which the performance of other responsibilities revolve.
Governor Dickson stated this while receiving the Zonal Commandant, Zone G, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Assistant Commandant-General Joseph Oragande, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Yenagoa.
Underscoring the importance of law and order in society, the Governor maintained that the delivery of dividends of democracy would suffer setbacks in the absence of adequate security of lives and property.
He said it was in realization of this that his administration enacted appropriate legislations to drive its policy of zero tolerance for crime, criminality and violence soon after assumption of office.
Justifying government’s investment in the security sub-sector, Governor Dickson described Bayelsa as one of the safest states in the country where investors can operate in with peace of mind.
While calling for the cooperation of the people to maintain the existing peaceful atmosphere in the state, the Governor saluted the efforts of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other relevant agencies in tackling the nation’s security challenges.
In his words: “I like to thank you for what your men are doing. Going forward and working together with all other agencies, Bayelsa will even be safer as we move on. As our security plans and activities take more root and people get better sensitized on what we are doing, particularly about their role in working with security agencies, this place will even be much more secure than it is.
“This government has a zero tolerance approach to criminality, brigandage and violence and we are very happy with the cooperation and hard work that all security agencies have made available at the service of our state and country.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Zonal Commandant of Zone G, of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Assistant Commandant-General, Joseph Oragande commended Governor Dickson for his developmental strides and continued partnership with security agencies in the state.
According to Mr. Oragande, he was in the state at the instance of the NSCDC’s Commandant General, Dr. Ade Abolurin to oversee a sensitization seminar on the activities of the corps in the maintenance of law and order.
He requested the state government to assist the corps with a befitting office accommodation, two operational vehicles and a patrol boat.
Responding to the NSCDC’s requests, Hon. Dickson assured the visiting Commandant of his administration’s preparedness to provide an enabling operating environment for the corps within the limits of available resources.
He specifically directed the Chief of Staff, Government House and his Special Adviser on Security to liaise with the Corps to enable government provide the most pressing needs for their operations.