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Insecurity: Okowa calls for collective fight

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Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, said that unless Nigerians collectively and roundly tackle insecurity, good investments may continue to elude Nigeria, emphasizing that with security challenges still persisting, unemployment would not be properly addressed.

The governor stated this while receiving the Prelate of Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim, Baba Aladura David Bob-Manuel, who visited him in Asaba.

The Governor, in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, said without tackling insecurity, investors will not come to the country and this will not give room for job opportunities.

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He said, “As a nation, we need prayers particularly at this time where we are facing a lot of challenges especially insecurity. As a people, we need to call on God to help us tackle these challenges because once there is insecurity in the land, it becomes very challenging to attract investors, and if investors are not coming the possibilities of providing jobs for our children become low.

“Our population continues to grow at the rate at which it is affecting our resources and it is our prayer that God will continue to intervene so that we can manage the security situation to the benefit of our nation. If there is peace, as a government, we can plan better and with peaceful environments we can expect investments and there will be job opportunities,” he further stated.

The governor, who thanked the Primate and other religious leaders for their interests in the affairs of Delta, disclosed that God had helped the state in many ways. He also said that his administration’s programmes were all targeted at the wellbeing of citizens, disclosing that the government was providing free medical care for pregnant women and children who were aged zero to five years, adding, “We are doing a whole lot of empowerment programmes for our people and we are also engaging in education reforms where we are laying more emphasis on the future of our children.”

Earlier, the Prelate had commended Okowa’s administration for its developmental strides, and said that he and his team were in Asaba for pastoral assignment.    

Meanwhile, the governor has urged wealthy citizens of the state to emulate efforts of their compatriot by investing in it, saying the state is safe and investment-friendly.

The governor made the call on Friday at Ute-Ogbeje during the inauguration of a Magistrate Court and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office built and donated by Fountain of Joy and Comfort Foundation.  

Okowa said that government alone could not provide all public facilities needed by the citizens and that there was the need, therefore, for privileged individuals and organizations to contribute to the development of the state through investments and services.
 
He recalled that two years ago, he was in the same community to inaugurate a Police Station donated to the institution by same NGO, stating that the new facilities would enhance the operationalization of the Nigeria Police and boost security in the state, while commending the donor of the facilities, saying, “I will continue to sing the praises of those who are supporting government in the provision of necessary infrastructure.

“There’s no way government can do it alone and by coming to the state to invest, contribute to its development, all of us will be happier. If God has enriched you as an individual or organisation, know that you can impact on the lives of others positively through your activities.”

Speaking at the event, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, observed that the humility of Gov. Okowa in governance was attracting humble Deltans to contribute positively to the development of the state, while the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke, thanked the Foundation for donating the SARS office and seven operational vehicles to boost security in the area, stating that the governor had created the enabling environment for individuals and organisations to excel in the state.

Adeleke further assured residents of the commitment of the Police to maintain the facilities and utilise them in providing security for the people and their property.

Founder of the Fountain of Joy and Comfort Foundation, Mr Paul Odili, had earlier disclosed that the Foundation in involved in humanitarian services within and outside Nigeria, adding tthat the donation of the SARS office and operational vehicles to the Police was the foundation’s contribution toward curbing criminal activities in the area.

Aside the inauguration, the governor also performance ground-breaking for the Faculty of Law building at Margaret Lawrence University, also being built by the foundation in Ute-Ugbeje.

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