The Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Christopher Ochor Ochor, has commended the state government for the proposed state security outfit to help check the insecurity in the state.
Ochor gave the commendation in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Enebeli on Wednesday in Asaba, the State capital.
He said that the decision was in tandem with earlier agreement by South-South Governors Forum in their last meeting in Asaba, saying that Governor Okowa, as the Chairman of the forum, is now the first to start the process of implementing the decision of the governors in the zone.
Describing the moves as a bold step that have to be given support by all Deltans, and those living in the State, the Deputy Speaker, said that the spate of insecurity witnessed in the state in recent times calls for concern as it had become a big issue every good Deltan should be worried of.
He stated that within the past few weeks, the state had witnessed continuous violent incidents such as kidnapping, armed robberies, farmers-herders clashes, resulting in the killings of many innocent persons.
He pointed out that the establishment of the security outfit, to be known as “Operation Delta Hawk” is in tandem with good governance policy thrust of the state government as security of lives and properties of the people should be the first in line of government actions and activities.
“The announcement by the state government that plans had been concluded for the establishment of a state security outfit to be known as “Operation Delta Hawk”, is a welcome development.
“It could be noted that without protection of lives and properties, there is nothing like good governance. We had witnessed serious security threats recently. Lives and properties had been lost. We all have to support this proposal, for our good and good of our people.”
The Deputy Speaker stated that it had been a policy of the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa government since inception to promote peace and security, which had been one of the motive of the SMART Agenda, and a STRONGER Delta policies, which had been demonstrated by the setting up of the Security and Peace Committee made up of imminent Deltans.
He pointed out that as a legislature, representing his people in the State Assembly, and the Deputy Speaker he will lend his supports to any law that will bring peace, save and protect lives and the wellbeing of the people, which is part of what the operations of “Operation Delta Hawk” is meant to achieve.
“I, however call on the existing security services to give maximum support to this idea of the State Government. They should see “Operation Delta Hawk” as a sister organisations. Let there be cooperation. They should remember that they should complement each other to achieve a safe society for the people.”
“I commend the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for this initiative to give maximum protection to lives and properties of Deltans and non Deltans living in the state, and those who transit the state to carry out their economic and social activities. This is a bold step. We all must support it”, he reiterated.