Secessionist agitation threaten Nigeria’s food security – Delta SSG

From Paul Osuyi, Asaba

The Delta State Government has expressed worry over sustained agitation by secessionist groups in the country, warning that they pose dire consequences for food security and peace.

Secretary to the State Government Patrick Ukah, who expressed the fears in Asaba, called for urgent intervention to stem rising incidents of kidnapping, terrorism, banditry and violent clashes between herders and farmers.

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Ukah spoke when officers and students of Senior Course 44, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, visited his office in Asaba.

He reiterated the state government’s commitment to partner with officers and participants from the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in their national assignment aimed at establishing a relationship between national security and socio-economic development.

Ukah said the study tour would provide a veritable platform to proffer solutions to the security challenges facing the country.

He said Delta, like other states, was grappling with the above challenges and the state government is addressing them through various empowerment schemes.

The SSG listed some of the state’s approaches to socio-economic development in recent times to include capacity building through formal education, skill acquisition and job creation interventions through the establishment of the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau as well as interventions in the agriculture sector through the Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (DEMSMA).

According to him, his office, in collaboration with concerned Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), would ensure that they have a successful and a fruitful study tour as arrangements had been made for their visits to some government institutions and private establishments where they will be briefed by their management teams.

The leader of the team, Air Commodore Chidiebere Obiabaka, stated that the study tour, which was an annual event, would bring the students in contact with different people in the country which would constitute an integral part of the training programmes of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

He said the research study would expose the students to socio-political context, cultural context and the national framework in relation to the theme of the study.

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