By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe
Governor of Delta State, South-South Nigeria, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has once again decried the worsening security situation in the country, saying that the unpleasant and unabated problem threatens education and food production.
He made the assertion on Wednesday July 28, while inaugurating constituency projects executed by the Minority Leader of the Federal House of Representatives, Chief Ndudi Elumelu, at the State headquarters of Department of State Service, DSS Asaba.
Okowa noted that insecurity is becoming worrisome, frightening and had to a large extent posed grave danger to education and food security. He urged the federal government, well meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to step up synergy in securing the country, through proper funding of security agencies to enable them secure our nation effectively and efficiently.
He disclosed that the government and people of Delta state were proud of the Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Chief Elumelu, for his impactful leadership and quality representation of his constituents, and urged him not to relent in his genuine efforts to serve humanity and without blemish.
The projects executed by the federal lawmaker representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency at the National Assembly include; a well equipped staff clinic and an ultra modern residential quarters for men and officers of DSS, Asaba command.
“We thank God for the life of our dear son and representative of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, who is also the Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Chief Ndudi Elumelu.
“A few weeks ago, I was at his empowerment programme and I was amazed with what I saw, and today again, we are here to inaugurate constituency projects executed by him.
“What we have here is almost like what you have at the headquarters in Abuja; there is serenity and there is comfort just like what we have abroad. I am truly proud of what I am seeing here today”
“Elumelu had continued to be a strong voice of the opposition in the Green Chamber and had led the opposition very efficiently.
“His voice is good for our nation and the voice of the opposition must be allowed to be heard sufficiently and must be truly spoken.
“I can truly attest to the fact that he is doing well in the House of Representatives. I thank you for the work you are doing in the National Assembly and I must say we are very proud of you.
“I must also thank you for always returning home to your people to ensure regular communication and effective representation for them.
“We are proud of your representation and we pray that God will continue to bless you and enable you to do more for the people.
Earlier in his remarks, Elumelu had said that the inauguration of the projects was the commencement of a three-day inauguration of various development projects in critical sectors of communities in the constituency.
He said that he got inspiration for the provisions he was making for his people from Governor Okowa’s Stronger Delta mantra and inner passion for my people’’.
“I have remained resolute in my commitment in making their development, welfare and improving of their living standard the focal point of all my activities and actions as their representative,” he said.
Director-General of DSS, Mr Magaji Bichi, commended Elumelu for his astute representation of his constituency and great investment in the Service.
Represented by a Director at the Headquarters of the Service, Mr Mohammed Ngoshe, the Director-General said that the service was grateful to the lawmakers for his kind gesture and urged all politicians to emulate him in enhancing the welfare of their people.
He stated that with Elumelu’s gesture, his men would be more focused and committed to ensure security of the people of the state.
“The Delta State Command headquarters of the Service used to be the worst in the country but today I am proud to say that it is now the best State command and a model in the country.
“Accommodation is a major challenge to the service and your investment in providing accommodation for almost all the officers of the state command is worthy of commendation,” he said.
He called on governors of states in the South-South to put heads together to ensure the take-off of DSS Training Center in Calabar.
Welcoming guests earlier, the Director of the Service in the state, Mr Ademola Adebiyi, said that Elumelu had contributed immensely to the development of the Command, with the construction of the clinic and 48 flats of residential accommodation, 20 of which were inaugurated by the governor while 28 were still under construction.
He commended Elumelu for the laudable projects and prayed that God would continue to bless and elevate him.