The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai has said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to the security of lives and properties in the Niger Delta.
General Burutai reveals this today while speaking at a ceremony marking the operationalization of the new 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt.
TheNewsGuru reports the new 6 Division in Port Harcourt was established nine months ago by the President Buhari administration, with the Army General assuring the Buhari administration would continue to invest in the improvement of security across the country.
He said the establishment of new divisions in the army was based on the assessment of the security challenges in the country, and that investments in security had contributed immensely in the reduction of crime in the Niger Delta, in particular and the country at large.
The General Officer Commanding, GOC 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Major-General Enobong Okon Udoh meanwhile commended the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for supporting the Army in developing infrastructural facilities in the newly established division headquarters.
Major-General Udoh, who spoke during the ceremony specially applauded the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, for demonstrating readiness to cooperate with the military and the 6 Division in the provision of security and the maintenance of peace and order in the Niger Delta.
The GOC thanked the NDDC for pledging to contribute to the provision of infrastructure in the different barracks in the Niger Delta.
Major-General Udoh said the new division needed support to provide adequate infrastructure for its officers and men as well as support its operations which cover Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta states.
He, however, revealed that the Commission had awarded a contract for the rehabilitation of the four-kilometre road running through the 6 Division headquarters. According to him, the Commission also promised to rehabilitate the parade ground, renovate the existing pavilion and erect a new one.
He noted that the establishment of the 6 Division in the army would go a long way in addressing some of the peculiar challenges of the Niger Delta region.
TheNewsGuru recall the NDDC recently pledged to partner with the 6 Division on the development of infrastructure at its headquarters in Port-Harcourt.
The NDDC Managing Director had told the GOC 6 Division that the Commission would work out a plan that covered a five year period.