Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has called
on officers and men of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, including
paramilitary agencies serving in the state on the need to curb the swelling oil
theft in the region.
Speaking through the Secretary to the State Government, Mr
George Feyii when officers of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army with other
para military personnel paid a courtesy visit to him on Wednesday in Port
Harcourt, Amaechi called for stiffer measures to curb the menace.
The Governor stressed the need for the military to
compliment efforts made by the Federal Government in tackling pipeline
vandalism and other forms of oil theft, as a way of giving credibility to the
expectation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
According to him, ‘’President Jonathan is against oil theft,
you must compliment the efforts of the federal government to tackle pipeline
vandalism and other forms of oil theft, to meet the expectation of President
He charged them to improve on their constitutional
responsibility of protecting lives and property, as well as the territorial
integrity of the country.
The Governor described the division’s study tour in Rivers
State as commendable, and urged them to use the tour as opportunity to observe
the developmental efforts of the current administration, especially in health,
education, roads and other infrastructure.
Amaechi lauded the efforts of 2 Army Brigade in Port
Harcourt for their collaboration with the State Government to guarantee
peaceful atmosphere that has made economic activities to thrive in the state.
Earlier, leader of the visiting team Col. Gold Chibusi had
stated that they were in the state on a study tour organised by the 2 Brigade.
The army officer disclosed that the tour was packaged by the
State Ministry of Culture and Tourism to enable officers and men of the
division get first hand information about the state, stating that the theme of
the study is, ‘’Oil Theft as Contemporary Economic and Security Challenge, the
Role of Stakeholders.’’
He assured that the division will live up to its billings,
as he extended the regards of Commander 2 Brigade Brig-Gen Tukur Buruatai to
the state government, while admitting that knowledge gathered so far will be
Meanwhile, the state Government has condoled with lawmaker
representing Ogu/Bolo constituency in Rivers State House of Assembly Hon Evans
Bipi on the death of his mother, Madam Rose Bapakaye Evans.
Permanent Secretary, Special Services Bureau in the Office
of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Mr Sovens Okari gave the
indication when he paid a condolence visit to the lawmaker yesterday in Port
Mr Sovens assured the lawmaker that government will support
and celebrate the death of his mother and described Late Madam Evans as
motherly, kind and committed community developer.