Governor of Bayelsa State , Mr. Seriake Dickson, has told the government not to politicise, the provision of necessary equipment for military and security services in the country.
Dickson said it was the responsibility of government to place priority on security to be able to develop society.
A statement on Monday by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as having made the comment during a tour of military and security formations in Yenagoa on Sunday.
Dickson visited the headquarters of the 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, and the Police Officers Mess in Yenagoa to felicitate with the officers and men at Christmas.
He encouraged the security forces to do more in the efforts to combat crime in Bayelsa State, the Niger Delta and the entire country.
He called on the political leadership to take the challenge to give the necessary support to the military and security agencies, whose efforts were required to realise the objective to develop society.
Dickson said, “I want to assure you that under my leadership, the issue of security and stability will continue to be on the front burner. The first responsibility of any administration is to encourage the work for peace and stability. You can’t have development without security.
“I want to also use this opportunity to say what I have said all along that the political leadership in our country should rise to the occasion and support the great work that our men and women in uniform are doing.
“There should be no partisanship, no brinkmanship, no showmanship when it comes to the issue of giving necessary support and equipment to our men and women in uniform who are the only people that have volunteered to serve our nation at the risk of their lives.”
According to the governor, Bayelsa is one of the safest states in the federation and indeed the safest in the South-South because of the collaborative efforts of the government and the security agencies.
Dickson, who assured security agencies of greater collaboration in 2018, urged them to redouble their efforts for security, peace and stability of the state next year.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )