Dickson of Bayelsa State has identified security as a fundamental prerequisite for both economic and infrastructural development in the country.
Dickson spoke at a send-forth for the outgoing Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield, Maj. Gen. Iluyasu Abbah, in Yenagoa.
He thanked the JTF for providing adequate security for development to thrive in Bayelsa and its environs.
The governor was represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Lt. Col. Bernard Benabai (Rtd).
He extolled the commitment of the outgoing commander and expressed appreciation to him for the services he rendered to the state and the country during his tenure.
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Commander of JTF, Commodore Ini Ekpa, said that the task force recorded remarkable feats during the tenure of the outgoing commander.
Ekpa, who said that Abbah assumed duty as JTF Commander on January10, noted that in less than two months, the JTF secured convictions in two cases of oil theft.
He said that the JTF also complied with three court orders and foiled two attempts to sabotage Agip’s oil pipelines.
The deputy commander explained that during the period, the task force destroyed 308 illegal refineries and seized 30 barges, two vessels, 275 drums of illegally refined petroleum products among others.
“After assumption of duty, I studied the situation on the ground and devised strategies to combat oil theft and secure oil facilities.
“But due to service exigencies, I have been called to serve elsewhere and I will leave the plans for my predecessor to execute,” Abbah said.
The outgoing Commander applauded the troops for their dedication to duty and urged them to extend the support to the new Commander.
Our correspondent reports that the new commander of JTF, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, had on Saturday assumed duty at the headquarters of the task force in Yenagoa.
Atewe was until the appointment Commander of Brigade of Guards at the Presidency.
Abbah was redeployed to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, as Military Secretary in charge of the Nigerian Army.