SECURITY NEEDS PRIVATE/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP TO THRIVE

The need to partner with relevant stakeholders especially the private sector the realization of government’s effort to achieve peace and security in the Country has been emphasized.

Hon. Sam Osasa the Executive Secretary Delta State Security Trust Fund made this assertion in Lagos State, when he led the management team of the Delta State Security Trust Fund on a working visit to its Lagos counterpart, the Lagos State Security Trust Fund( LSSTF ) recently.

Hon. Osasa said the vision of the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa in getting the Delta State Security Trust Fund to become functional in Delta State is to ensure that the State Government properly focus on providing the conducive environment with the necessary working tools for all Security Agents and Agencies operating within Delta State.

While stating that the Delta State Security Trust Fund delegation was in Lagos State Security Trust Fund to understudy the LSSTF to replicate the agencyʻs success in Delta State, Hon. Osasa appreciated the LSSTF for opening its doors to the DSSTF.

He emphasized that the Delta State Security Trust Fund and the Lagos State Security Trust Fund are government machineries set up to tackle the underfunding of Security Agencies in the country which has had the multiplier effect on Security Agencies and Agents being handicapped in effectively discharging their security duties.

Hon. Osasa, however, said that the Delta State Security Trust Fund though established by law years ago, is only becoming functional with the structures, personnel and funding it requires to achieve its mandate only because of the commitment of His Excellency the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa who has the understanding of the importance of having a secured State and environment for the economy to thrive.

Responding, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) said the peaceful atmosphere and security of lives and property being enjoyed in Lagos State is largely attributed to the massive support by the Lagos State Government and the Lagos State private sector through the LSSTF to security agencies.

Dr. Balogun said that the creation of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund was necessitated by the increasing menace of crime in Lagos State and the inability of Security Agencies particularly the Police to tackle these crimes without adequate equipments.

He pointed out that the Lagos State Security Trust Fund like the Delta State Security Trust Fund has the major objective to “provide funding for the acquisition and deployment of security equipments and other resources as shall be found necessary for the effective functioning of all Federal, State, Local Government and other Security Agencies operating in Lagos State while training and retraining security Personnel”.  This, he said the LSSTF has done with great commitment and dedication which has culminated in the success of the LSSTF today.

Dr. Balogun also said that the LSSTF has enjoyed the level of success thus far because the agency was deliberately modeled as a Public/Private Partnership (PPP) approach in order to create autonomy for the fund, to ease the LSSTF of administrative processes and to encourage private sector participation to achieve quick and easy response to the needs of Security Agencies to combat crime as the urgency arises for LSSTFʻs assistance and interventions.  He appealed to the Delta State Government to fully “buy in” to the Delta State Security Trust Fund and make security funding and support paramount in its SMART Agenda.

Why We Set Up Security Trust Fund-Delta Government

Secretary to the Delta State Government SSG, Rt. Hon. Festus Ovie Agas has advanced the reasons why the Delta State Government established the Delta State Security Trust Fund as administrative apparatus as well as the appointment of an Executive Secretary to the headship of the body.

Hon. Festus Ovie-Agas stated that Governor Okowa’s administration has achieved a lot of results in building peace among Deltans “which has made the State conducive for investments”.

According to him, the 41-member peace building and advisory council which was inaugurated by Governor Okowa “has been modified to include settlement of disputes among communities and ensuring peace building platforms aimed at socio-political stability of the state.”

He also, stated that Governor Okowa, has encouraged the activities of security operatives in the state by giving them necessary incentives and also, established the “Delta State Security Trust fund to help in mobilizing funds for intervention in critical areas of security administration and thereby, ensure the achievement of conducive atmosphere for socio-economic activities.”

Gov Okowa Charges New Delta CP to Tackle Cultism Menace

Sen Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has charged the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Alhaji Mustafa to urgently tackle the menace of secret cults.

The governor, who gave the charge at the weekend in Asaba when CP Mohammadu Mustafa paid him a familiarisation visit, frowned at the alarming rate of cultism in the country and charged security operatives to rise to the challenge.

Okowa noted that parents and teachers also share in the blame for not properly guiding the youths, attributing the social vice to poor upbringing of children.

“Alarming rise in cultism can be attributed to poor home training, peer  group influence, negligence of parents in inculcating morals to the children. There is need to educate children from their formative stages to have respect for human lives”.

“Parents must spend more time with the children and teachers must pay attention to pupils in the schools; this will help reduce the challenges policemen face in the society. Security agencies should take it as a serious challenge to check the rise of cultism”, Governor Okowa stressed.

He congratulated the CP Mustafa for his posting to Delta State, pointing that “security is not about the police and the military”, but about partnership between the civil society and security operatives for desired peace to be achieved.

“There is the need for us to know ourselves and realise that even with our positions in government, we have a lot of roles to play in achieving peace in the society.

Senator Okowa commended the Police in the state for working hard to ensure a more peaceful state, but called for effective synergy between security agencies in the areas of sharing of information for better results to be achieved.

While assuring the Police and other security agencies of his administration’s continued support, the Governor disclosed that a board for Security Trust Fund will soon be constituted in the state to raise funds to complement what government is doing to assist security agencies.

Earlier, the new helmsman at the state Police Command assured the governor and all Deltans that the prevailing standard of policing the state that he met will not drop, adding he would adopt preventive measures to check crime and criminal activities in the state.