Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has commended the
Federal Government for the establishment of the 6th Division of the
Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, Rivers State covering four states in
the Niger Delta to enhance security.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson on
Tuesday, said the governor gave the commendation, when the new General
Officer Commanding (GOC) the Division, Major General Enobong Udoh and
other senior military officers paid him a courtesy visit in Government
House, Yenagoa.
The governor also commended the Chief of Army Staff and the military
high command for the setting up of the 16th Brigade in Bayelsa, noting
that, of all the brigades that were established, the military
formation in the state was about the first to commence operations.
While reiterating the need to adopt dialogue and consensus building in
addressing security challenges in the Niger Delta, Dickson called for
professionalism and integrity on the part of the security forces in
the discharge of their duties.
He said security would continue to receive priority attention in his
administration, as it plays a key role in providing an enabling
environment for investments and socio-economic activities to thrive.
Dickson said, “I want to use this opportunity, to on behalf of the
government and people of this state, pledge our willingness to
continue to work with the security forces of our country, particularly
the military, in the area of executing our joint and common
responsibility and mandate for security.
“I run a government that takes our responsibility of providing
security very seriously. This government has always worked with
security agencies giving them support as much as we can. We have
always mobilized the citizenry  to support the security efforts
because we believe and it is true that unless we have a secure and
peaceful atmosphere, no meaningful development can take place.”
In his remarks, Major General Enobong Udoh, said he took over the
command on the 13th of January this year and his visit to the state
was part of his familiarization tour to states under his command.
While expressing appreciation to the state government for its
assistance, especially in the provision of logistics support, Major
General Udoh said, as General Officer Commanding, 6th Division, he has
the mandate of actualising the vision of the Chief of Army Staff in
the sustenance of peace and stability.
To enhance the operations of his division, Major General Udoh
requested the state government to provide a piece of land at Igbogene
and Otuoke, as it would enable the Nigerian Army build its permanent
accommodation.

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