Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has vowed that the provision of economic opportunities and infrastructural development by political leaders remain the only panacea to the lingering insecurity issues in the country. He therefore called for a joint and sustainable development effort from the political leadership to check insecurity in the country.
The governor, who spoke in Yenagoa, also stressed the need for collaborative efforts in tackling the challenges of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta, insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country for the enthronement of lasting peace and stability.
Dickson said this when the Director, Foreign Liaison of the Defence Intelligence Agency in the country, Brigadier General Augustine Agundu led a team of foreign defense attaches of missions in Nigeria, to pay a courtesy visit to him in Government House, Yenagoa.
He identified the absence of economic opportunities, physical development and environmental pollution, mainly caused by oil and gas production as some of the underlying factors giving rise to security challenges in the Niger Delta.
While re-emphasizing the need for law and order in the region, Dickson reiterated his call on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to show more understanding in their efforts to resolve the issues.
Appreciating the international community for providing assistance to the country’s military in fighting insurgency and other security challenges in the north east and other parts of the country, the governor said his administration would continue to give support to the law enforcement agencies to sustain the existing peace in the state.