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Kogi government assures participants of 24-hour security surveillance

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 29th edition of the 2021 Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMA) ceremony held in Lokoja, has assured all delegates of adequate security before

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 29th edition of the 2021 Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMA) ceremony holding in Lokoja, has assured all delegates of adequate security before, during and after the event.

The Chairman, LOC Security Sub-Committee, retired Cdr. Jerry Omodara, gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on security in Lokoja on Thursday.

Omodara said that all roads leading to Kogi would be placed on 24-hour surveillance to guarantee maximum protection of all delegates.

He stressed that arrangements had been put in place to pilot and safely convey and return all delegates and guests to the event from Nnmadi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

“We are designing a compact system that will monitor the roads, streets, environments to ensure continuous peace in the state.

“We will also put the needed surveillance on all other routes leading to the state capital.

”Also, safety during the Media Tour across the three senatorial districts has also been put into consideration,” he said.

According to him, surveillance would be increased within the state capital and particularly the venues and hotel accommodations.

“The security agencies are fully prepared to host the event. We know the importance of the event and the high personalities expected.

”Just as we have been able to keep the State safe as one of the most secured states in Nigeria today, we will increase the tempo to ensure a successful program,” Omodara said.

He added that Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello had directed the Chairmen of all the 21 local government areas to work assiduously with federal security agencies in their area, as well vigilantes and hunters.

”All roads must be put under 24 hours surveillance,” he said.

Omodara, who is the Kogi Governor’s Security Adviser, gave assurance that the state government would continue to increase and review human and technical intelligence that would guarantee the safety of all citizens, during and after the NMMA.

He further commended the Board of Trustees of NMMA for the choice of Kogi to host the prestigious event this year.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 3-day ceremony is scheduled to start on Oct. 28.