Insecurity and its Impact on the Niger Delta Region by NDDC MD
Nsima Ekere, NDDC MD/CEO
There is no better time than now – for security is always a current issue demanding urgent attention – to hold conversations on how we can, working together within a shared vision and with a common agenda, to boost security in Nigeria, but particularly in the Niger Delta region. The choice of the beautiful city of Uyo, for this congregation, is not lost on all who genuinely desire peace and security as a foundation for, as well as product of, development.
It is common knowledge that economic and social development are intricately tied to security and system stability. As Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, once reflected: “We will not enjoy security without development. We will not enjoy development without security. And we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights.” Without respect for our common good and humanity.
As we have always said at the Niger Delta Development Commission, we cannot achieve our mandate of sustainable regional development if we do not have peace and security in the Niger Delta region. Insecurity impacts negatively on the society because it affects our families, our businesses, governance, our livelihoods, our lifestyle and the enjoyment of its benefits. It is a mutual and collective call to service, because it involves and affects everyone.
The deterioration in security within the region over the years has directly led to:
Higher operating and investment costs
Over the years, NDDC has made strategic contributions towards addressing insecurity and improving the socio-economic landscape of the region. Of great importance is the continued, mutually-beneficial collaboration between the Commission and all security institutions in Nigeria, as well as our contributions to the constant efforts at improving regional peace and security.
Efforts, led by Mr. President, involving NDDC, MNDA, PAP, MPR, Ministry of Environment and PANDEF, which succeeded in reducing the pipeline vandalisation of 2015 that almost crippled the economy. NDDC in particular provided logistics support and funding for various strategic engagements.
The Strategic Implementation Workplan for Development of the Niger Delta (SIWP) involving all the afore-mentioned agencies, who are combining their budgets for the period 2017 – 2020 towards:
Developing of thousands of SMEs within the region
Creating of one million jobs over five years
Improving social services, and
Providing educational support and massive infrastructure development.
Continuous provision of logistics support to Security agencies. A few include:
Supply of gun boats (nine) to Marine Police
Training of 200 Marine Police in conjunction with the NN
Provision of accommodation and welfare support for NPF and JTF personnel, and
Supply of numerous vehicles and telecommunications gadgets.
The net result of these interventions is apparent in the drastic reduction in pipeline vandalisation and consequent increase in oil production and government revenues. This is simply one step in a series of steps being taken by government to lay the foundation for lasting peace, improved security and socio-economic development of the Niger Delta Region.
I commend the Inspector General of Police for making the conversation possible, and for re-energising all of us to continue to work towards peace, security and the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region, in particular, and Nigeria, in general.
It is only when we are able to achieve these for the society that we are able to enjoy peace within us, as well as security and development for our families and communities.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017.