Strengthening Rivers Security Architecture 

A fleet of patrol vehicles donated by the Rivers State Government to the State Police Command.

The realities of this political dispensation are confounding.  The Federal Government which controls all security agencies accepts no responsibility for the growing  insecurity in most parts of the country.
By this act of commission, the Federal Government has allowed different states of the federation to fend  for themselves.  The states build their  own security platforms, work out their own salvation and enhance their respective security architecture.
Under this dispensation, the Federal Government only comes alive when there is need to use the security agencies to rig elections and steal the mandate of the people. Opposition states are worse hit by the decayed security programmes of the Federal Government.  Rivers State under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike has had  to religiously build productive security platforms and architecture to secure the state and make it one of the safest states in the country.
This profound construction of the state security architecture has been built despite the weapons and dynamites of sabotage thrown around by agents of the Federal Government.
Following recent security challenges in a few communities of the state, Governor Wike has kick-started the process of strengthening  the state security infrastructure. This time, it is at the highest  level.
The siting of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt may look ordinary, but it is profound. Recall that in the recent history of Rivers State, the  Nigerian Law School campus slated for Rivers State  had to be taken to Bayelsa because the Amaechi administration  refused to host  it.
The Amaechi  administration also  refused  to  host the National Industrial Court as litigants  from Rivers State had to travel to Yenogoa for cases.
Therefore, the successful location of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt was the fallout  of the strategic investments of the Rivers State Government, backed by requisite  logistical and financial support.
The operationalisation of the 6 Division  signalled a new phase  in the improvement  of security  across the core states of the Niger Delta, especially in Rivers State.
By facilitating the  full operationalisation  of the 6 Division, Governor Wike has created  a partnership  with the Nigerian Army  to keep Rivers State safe and secure.
The inauguration of the 6 Division also witnessed the flag off of the 6 Division Anti-Kidnapping Squad, 6 Division Anti-Bunkering Squad, 6 Division Strike Force and 6 Operation Check Mate.
There was also the setting up of inter -agency force comprising  all security agencies  to tackle  criminality  in the  state.
In line with the commitment  of the  State government to improve security across the state,  Governor Wike has announced the donation of  land to the Nigerian Army in Omuma Local Government Area.
The governor also donated 20 operational vehicles to the new Division.
He said: “As a responsible government, we appreciate  the contributions of the Nigerian Army in the  development  of the country.
“We appreciate  the contributions  of the  Nigerian Army in dislodging criminals in our state. That is why we will continue to  support you.  These  operational vehicles  will help the new Division fight crime.”
He stated that the State governmemt will construct a park for the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association in Port Harcourt, which will be used by Army children and other children in the state.
The governor added that the state government will also assist the Army to set up a Standard Command Secondary School in Port Harcourt to promote education.
The administration also handed over the Chief of Army Staff Guest House constructed by the Rivers State Government  to the Nigerian Army.
Speaking during a visit to the Government House, Port Harcourt by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali and Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, Governor Wike said:”
“I want to urge  the Nigerian Army  to support the police tackle kidnapping  and enhance  security.
“It is also necessary  that you assist the police to weed out cultists as they are beginning  to rear their ugly heads and  trouble  peace loving residents of the state”.
Governor Wike  is particularly  concerned with the frontal handling of kidnapping and cultism in the state. He assured the 6 Division that his administration would offer its support  at all times to tackle  these crimes.
Not too long ago, Governor Wike  implemented  a successful  Amnesty Programme  that led to kidnappers and cultists laying down their  arms and becoming peace-loving citizens.
The process of training for the repented  cultists and kidnappers  has also kick-started to ensure that  these  ex-criminals contribute  meaningfully  to the state.
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.

 Simeon Nwakaudu