By Mohammed Ahmed Yabagi (InsideStoryng.com)
The continued efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello to consolidate his achievements in the area of security of lives and property of citizens of Kogi State received boost on Friday as a delegation from Army Headquarters arrived Lokoja, the state to begin to put to shape the 109 Special Forces Army Barracks to be situated in Okene.
The delegation was received by government officials who escorted them to the site of the Barracks in Okene, the headquarters of the Central Senatorial District of the state.
Receiving the delegation earlier at the Government House in Lokoja, Governor Bello had emphasized the role of security in the socioeconomic development of any society, stressing that no meaningful progress would be recorded in an atmosphere of security challenges.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Ayoade Arike said the imperative of committing resources to the sector also became necessary in view of the geography of the state as a confluence and pathway to all parts of the country.
He then reiterated his commitment to further consolidating the gains of his administration by continuing to support and collaborate with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in order to ensure peace and tranquility in the state.
Leader of the delegation, who said they were in Kogi State on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, to have firsthand knowledge of the facilities and structures earmarked for the Barracks, expressed the commitment of the Army to protect all parts of the country against any form of aggression.
He praised the Kogi State Governor for his exemplary records in the security sector, noting that his continue support to security agencies has encouraged them to always respond swiftly whenever he called on them.
“We are here in respect of the location of the Army Barracks that has been approved by the Nigerian Army for Kogi State and take a look at the facilities, location and structures in order for the army to begin to show their presence there on time and develop it over time.”
Speaking, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon Edward Onoja said the team’s presence was also to help in ensuring that the already formidable security architecture of Kogi State and Nigeria get excellent foothold and continue to put the country in excellent light in the sector.
He expressed hope that their stay and findings would be positive as he acknowledged the support the state had enjoyed from the Nigeria Army in its effort to stamp out criminal activities.
On his part, the state security adviser, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd) had expressed gratitude to the visitors and all the security agencies in the country for the cooperation enjoyed, and expressed hope of sustainability.