By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Delta State Governor, Senator, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Monday commended the Nigeria army for their selfless services and for their cooperation with other security agencies in tackling security challenges in the state.
The Governor stated this in Asaba during the official commissioning ceremony of the Headquarters 63 Brigade in Asaba the Delta State capital.
He commended the Nigerian Army Corps of engineers for their efforts at transforming the Brigade Headquarters.
He also urged the army and other security agencies to intensify efforts in resolving occasional disputes between farmers and herders across the state.
“I must truly thank the Chief of Army Staff for bringing this Brigade to Delta. We used to be supervised by the Brigade in Benin and we were excited when we heard of the approval for a Brigade in Asaba.
“I thank God for the provision of funds for the realisation of this Brigade and I thank you for the support because the operationalisaion of this Brigade will help us to achieve greater peace in Delta.
“We have had a very warm relationship with your officers and men here and that of the 6 Division.
“As a state we take security matters very seriously even as we meet twice a month to proactively deliberate on security matters.
“Your officers have cooperated with other sister security agencies and that has helped us in achieving the needed inter agency cooperation and the peace we enjoy in the state.
“Delta is peaceful today, though we have had few incidences that makes us sad but with all hands on deck we will surmount all the security challenges.
“We will continue to support the army and other security agencies in the state as much as our finances can carry.
“We still have security challenges such as farmers-herders clashes and kidnapping which obviously was going down but we still have a lot of work to do even though we are already working hard and we do hope that the cooperation we have in the past will continue,” he added.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai said – “the establishment of 63 Brigade Nigeria Army is not a coincidence but well thought out in view of the strategic role of the state in the economy of Nigeria” .
He further stated that he was glad to have personally come for the inauguration of the headquarters which was provided by the Delta State Government.
According to him – “Let me express my profound appreciation to the Governor of Delta, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for the donation of this headquarters.
“The establishment and subsequent commissioning of this headquarters is the first critical step in the full operationalisaion of the Brigade.
“I am aware of the critical support of the government and people of Delta State to the success of this Brigade and such support had engendered very good civil-military relations in the state.
“Your donation and funding of this headquarters has shown that there is good understanding of the roles of security to the development of any state, it further shows the correlation between security and development” – he said.
He commended the state government for the provision of vehicles to the Brigade assuring that the army will continue to reciprocate the kind gestures of the state government by ensuring more commitment and adequate security of the state.
In his remarks at the occasion, the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division Nigeria Army, Maj Gen Felix Agugo thanked Governor Okowa for the support to the Brigade and the Division.
Major highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of Certificate of Occupancy of the Brigade Headquarters Complex to the Chief of Army Staff and a guided tour of the complex.