The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, yesterday handed over 100 land cruiser jeeps, fitted with sophisticated communication gadgets to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, for the effective policing of the states in the Niger Delta region.
The handover ceremony was performed by members of the out-going board of the NDDC at the Police Children’s’ School, Station Road, Port Harcourt. The NDDC Chairman, Dr. Tarilah Tebepah, said that the Commission was tackling the development of the oil-rich region holistically, which he said was in tandem with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said: “We recently provided some social facilities for the Army. It is in that spirit that we are now assisting the police with logistics support. The police deserve all the support that it can get because they are the ones working while the rest of us are sleeping.”
Dr. Tebepah said that the NDDC would not have been able to perform well without the support of the security forces, especially the police.
Speaking in the same vein, the NDDC MD, Dr. Christian Oboh, said that providing security could not be left to one group alone, as it required collective efforts. “We believe that our contribution will help in facilitating the activities of the security agencies in the Niger Delta,” he said.
The IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, said that he was delighted by the historic partnership between the NDDC and the Police. He noted that the vehicles would serve not only the police, but the entire people of the Niger Delta.
“We are making efforts to modernize the police in many ways. It is good that the NDDC has contributed to this effort,” the IGP said. He promised to ensure that the various police commands
that would benefit from the donation would use the vehicles for the purpose for which they were provided.
The IGP emphasized that the vehicles would be used for patrols, surveillance and general security operations for the benefit of Nigerians. He handed over the keys of the vehicles to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mbu Joseph Mbu on behalf of the other eight Police Commands in the Niger Delta Region.