Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said that the 36 state governors endorsed the payment of one per cent of excess crude fund for use by the Nigerian Police.
Governor Uduaghan who disclosed this at the weekend, in Asaba, when he played host to the Inspector General of Police(IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, explained that it was informed by the importance of peace and security to the development of the country, and particularly to meet the infrastructural and security needs of the police.
According to him, the governors saw the need for the police to update its equipment and manpower to acceptable standard worldwide as well as meet the current security challenges facing the country.
He commended the IGP who was in the state, to present his stewardship to Nigerians, for effectively tackling the various security challenges as well as for the synergy among the various security agencies in the country, stressing: “ Such cooperation should be extended to the state and local government levels, so as to reduce the crime level to the barest minimum.”
Dr Uduaghan noted that the security challenges Delta State has contended with, including kidnapping, piracy, armed robbery and crude oil theft, have drastically reduced because of the efforts of the security agencies in the state.
Speaking earlier, the IGP, Mr Abubakar appreciated the state government’s support and partnership with the Police Force, in ensuring a peaceful, secure and safer environment, stating that “if all state governors are like Dr Uduaghan in supporting the police, the country will be more secured and safer than it is today.”
The IGP lauded the cooperation of community vigilante groups with security agencies, in ensuring that the state was made safer and peaceful for Deltans.
He explained that he was in the state for the presentation of his scorecard to Nigerians, stating that “ we believe we should have time to look at where we are and strategise to meet tomorrow’s security challenges.”
The IGP expressed his gratitude to the federal government and the 36 states government, for approving the payment of one per cent of the excess crude account, to meet the infrastructural and security needs of the police.