February 22, 2024

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There’ll Be No Development Without Peace, Security, Says NDDC Boss

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Edith CHUKU

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, has said that without security there will be no development and where there is security and development there will be prosperity.

Ogbuku stated this during two separate courtesy visits by the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamal Abdulsalam and the Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS, Pathfinder, Commodore Desmond Okechukwu Igbo, at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt.

While re-affirming the commitment of the Commission to assist security agencies operating in the Niger Delta region, the NDDC Chief Executive Officer stressed the need for collaboration to ensure that the Niger Delta region remained peaceful, noting that development could only take place in an atmosphere of peace and security.

He said “Development and security are intertwined because without security there will be no development and where there is security and development there will be prosperity. For the Niger Delta to be peaceful, we need both development and security. Incidentally, the foundation for development is security, hence there is need for collaboration between the NDDC and security agencies.”

Ogbuku observed that since NDDC had an obligation to support security agencies, it needed a secure environment to effectively discharge its mandate as an intervention agency.

The NDDC boss explained that “We have always supported military formations and security agencies and we are willing to do more. Last year, we did a lot for the Nigerian Navy. Our contributions are aimed at enhancing and supporting what you are doing here in the region and also to complement what we are doing in the area of development.

“I appreciate the security agencies for the job they are doing in the Niger Delta region because the region is relatively peaceful compared to other regions in the country. I thank the Navy for doing a good job and making sacrifices for our collective well-being.”

He advised the Navy and other security agencies to “be proactive and rely more on intelligence gathering to nip security challenges in the bud.”

Supporting the security agencies, he said, also entailed engaging the youths in the region in various skills by training them to ensure that they were gainfully employed.

Speaking earlier, the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamal Abdulsalam noted that the development of the Niger Delta region could not take place without peace.

He remarked that “We need each other to succeed. We want to cement the existing relationship between NDDC and the Army.”

The GOC commended the NDDC for providing solar-power streetlights at the Army Barracks in the four states and appealed for more support in providing facilities in the barracks under the 6 Division.

He added that “We provide security to oil and gas infrastructure in the Niger Delta region. We cover four states of Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States and we safeguard all oil and gas installations in the four states.”

Similarly, the Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS, Pathfinder, Commodore Desmond Igbo, commended the NDDC for co-operating with security agencies working in the Niger Delta region to ensure peace, stating that, “We will continue to protect the territorial integrity of the country and all its national assets.

“The Navy will continue to discharge its duties to the country, including maintaining peace in the Niger Delta region which is necessary for sustainable development to thrive.”

The Commander NNS Pathfinder urged the NDDC management to continue to support security forces in the region and promised to sustain the cordial relationship between the Navy and the Commission.

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