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NSCDC Decries Illegal Private Security

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The existence of illegal
security outfits in the country is a threat to national security, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom Command, Mr Ime White, has said
White told newsmen in Uyo, that the insurgency in the northern part of the country necessitated his concern over the operations of unregistered private security companies.
He said that there was the possibility of some people hiding under such illegal private security outfits to organise terror attacks on unsuspecting citizens.
He said: “With the current insurgency in the country, nobody knows who will hide under the cover of a private security guard company to unleash terror on others.
“Before you know it, such organisations will gather information and plan attacks on defenseless citizens.
“This makes it crucial that every private security guard organisation operating in this country is duly registered.”
White said that the Akwa Ibom command of the corps had directed unregistered private security guard companies in the state to register.
He added that in spite of the efforts of the command in this regard, operators of such companies had remained adamant.
He warned that the command would soon sanction defaulting private guard companies and advised their officials to regularise their operations to avoid sanction.
He said the NSCDC needed to know the personnel working in all security guard companies in the state, with a view to ascertaining their nationalities and character.
He said the command was fully prepared to ensure that the people of Akwa Ibom as well as visitors enjoyed peaceful celebrations of Christmas and New Year.
“The command will deploy some undercover security officers to markets, shopping centres, places of worship and recreation venues from December  22 to January 5, 2015.
“We will collaborate with other security agencies in the state to check criminality,’’ he promised.
The PRO advised the people not to store petrol at home and avoid panic buying since the Federal Government had promised to ensure adequate supply during the yuletide.
He warned dealers not to hoard the products and reminded them that it was an offence to do so.
White cautioned dealers not to adjust their pumps, adulterate their product or shortchange buyers.
He said that officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) in the state in conjunction with the NSCDC would check such irregularities during the period.

President, PHCCIMA, Engr. Emeka  Unachukwu (front) with choristers during the Christmas  Carol and end of year party at Event Place,  Port Harcourt recently.

President, PHCCIMA, Engr. Emeka Unachukwu (front) with choristers during the Christmas Carol and end of year party at Event Place, Port Harcourt recently.

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Diri Charges Security Agencies On Intelligence Gathering

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Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has urged security agencies to invest more time and resources in intelligence gathering in their effort to overcome banditry, insurgency and other securty challenges confronting the country.
He made the call at a retirement party organized by the state government in honour of the outgoing state Commissioner of Police, CP Mike Okoli, in Yenagoa.
Represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Governor emphasized the need for security agencies to adopt a holistic approach that will encourage the active participation of civilians in their campaign against insecurity.
According to Senator Diri, until security is seen as everyone’s business in society, the use of kinetic approach to addressing security challenges will yield little or no meaningful result.
While calling on the police and other security outfits to be above board in the performance of their duties, he urged people of the state to always volunteer information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals in the state.
“Security is everybody’s business, but more often than not it is seen as nobody’s responsibility. Sometimes we want somebody to do something about security, and nobody does anything about it, and at the end of the day security is not taken seriously.
“But somebody has to do something about security. We should all do something about security so that our state can be safe.I will like our security agencies to be more proactive and preemptive in carrying out their duties because it is cheaper to be preventive. They have to make more effort in the area of intelligence gathering from the civil populace”, he said.
Describing CP Mike Okoli as a refined product with an unblemished record throughout his service in the Nigeria Police, Governor Diri said society had a lot to learn from the wealth of experience of the retiring Commissioner of Police.
He acknowledged the sacrifices being made by security personnel, noting that some of them get killed or become paralyzed in the course of securing lives and property, and therefore, must be appreciated in society.
“We need to learn a lot from the experiences of CP Mike Okoli. He had good cooperation with his colleagues in the state. No wonder, Bayelsa State had a decline in crime during their service in this state. As a government, we are very grateful. We know what these people (security agents) pass through. As civilians, we sleep at the risk of their breath, spine and throat.
“When you are sleeping and a crime is being committed, the Commissioner of Police and other service commanders would rush out because there is something going on.We are praying for CP Mike Okoli that as you are going into your retirement… from the Nigerian Police, we thank God on your behalf for being who you are and who you are going to be”, he added.
Earlier in their separate goodwill messages, the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass, His Royal Majesty King Alfred Diete-Spiff, and the Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos, Assistant Inspector General, Don Awunah, acknowledged CP Okoli’s contributions to the relative peace and security in the state.
They described him as an outstanding and accomplished officer with an unblemished track record in the Nigerian Police and wished him the best in his future endeavours.
Responding, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, CP Mike Okoli, thanked Governor Douye Diri, and his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, for honouring him by hosting his retirement thanksgiving reception.
Okoli also thanked the service commanders and everyone who made out time to attend the event, especially the Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos, A.I.G Don Awunah, and prayed God to bless them.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Delta Commissioner Urges Students To Study Hard

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Commissioner for Secondary Education in Delta State, Mrs Rose Ezewu, has urged Nigerian students to always study hard to excel in their examinations to become productive adults.
Ezewu made the plea yesterday, while monitoring the ongoing third term promotion examinations in some schools across the state.
According to her, this is one way for students to broaden their minds, knowledge and become successful individuals, problem solvers, employers and wealth creators in the society.
The commissioner described teachers as critical stakeholders in the development of any society, especially in the area of building and shaping the orientation of children.
“Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration is committed to transforming the education sector by ensuring a conducive teaching and learning environment for students and teachers in the state.
“Teachers should reciprocate government’s huge investment in the education sector by being more committed to their duties,’’ she said.
Some of the schools monitored by the commissioner and her team included Okeme Secondary School, Okuokoko in Okpe Local Government Area and Ogbe Secondary School, Effurun.
Others are Alegbon Secondary School, Ekpan, both in Uvwie Local Government Area, and Edjeba College in Warri South Local Government Area.

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Don Advocates Balance Between Demand, Supply Of Teachers

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Prof. Ebele Egwunyenga of the Delta State University, Abraka, yesterday advocated an equilibrium between the demand for and supply of teachers in the school system
Egwunyenga made the assertion in a paper she presented at the 7th Quadrennial 8th State Delegates Conference of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Delta State Chapter, in Asaba.
She said that adequate personnel is essential in the sustainability of Nigeria’s educational system.
According to her, adequacy is not limited to the number of personnel as it includes equitable distribution of teachers according to areas of specialisation.
“I recommend that government should ensure that there is equilibrium between teachers’ demand and supply in the school system.
“Government should improve on social amenities, particularly in rural areas. This will encourage teachers posted to the area.
“Government should provide modern technology for both teaching and learning. School facilities should be made attractive by government such that teachers would wish to be in school daily.”
Egwunyenga, who underscored the importance of education in nation building, said that education remained the vehicle for sustainable socio-economic development of any nation.

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