• Rates Gov Bello High on Security Consciousness, Policies
The Kogi State Government, on Monday, recieved in audience, Participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 14 of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Bwari, Abuja, led by Deputy Commandant and Team Leader, D.E Egbeji.
State Deputy Governor, Chief (Dr.) Edward Onoja, on behalf of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, received the course participants at the Banquet Hall of the State Government House in Lokoja.
The participants, comprising of senior officers from the Intelligence, military, paramilitary, Law Enforcement, Regulatory and other FG Strategic Agencies are on a study-tour in Kogi State in persuance to requirements for conferment of Fellowships.
Chief Onoja who addressed the participants on behalf of his principal, Governor Bello, welcomed the Team to Kogi which he described as ‘the most secure State in the largest nation on the continent of Africa.’
He recalled that the New Direction Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello came on board some sixty-two months and twenty-four days ago, summarizing that the Governor had since steered the State by eliminating the 3 Taboos of Ethnic Bigotry, Religious Extremism and Class Differences while fostering the 3 Core Values of Character, Capacity and Selfless Service.
He referenced President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, whom in his 2019 rally ascribed Kogi as “mini Nigeria” given its history, cultural diversity, ethnicity and geography. According to him, the State which is bounded by ten states and the FCT translates to more work to maintain security along borderlines. He praised the Governor for averting the narratives that had formerly tagged the State as the Crime Capital of Nigeria through security-related policies that prioritise the security of lives and property of the people.
He revealed that this has been achieved through quality collaboration with formal and traditional security outfits and wished the participants well in their scheduled study-tour in the State.
Earlier, Commandant and Team Leader of the participants, D.E Egbeji, lauded Governor Bello for his resolute stance against insecurity, adding that the participants already feel the air of safety in the State. He described Governor Bello as a security-conscious individual remains a friend of the Insitute and has continually proven so over the years.
D.E Egbeji hinted that at the end of the tour, a report containing findings and recommendations would be profered to the government and security related stakeholders for maintaining security measures while eliminating potential threats.
A highlight was the presentation of an Award Plaque to the Governor with the Secretary to the State Government, Deputy Chief of Staff, State Head of Service, Commisoners for Information and Communication, Envirionment, Culture and Tourism, Agriculture, Women Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Youths and Sports in attendance.
Others were State Security Adviser, stakeholders from the security sector, political appointees, government functionaries, course participants from the Institute and other guests.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor
19th April, 2021.
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