Out-going and in-coming commanders of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Koko Essien and Brigadier General Stevenson Olabanji have jointly commended the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, for supports given to the security agencies working in the Niger Delta region.
The two army commanders were at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt to pay a courtesy call on the NDDC managing director, Sir Bassey Dan-Abia, recently.
He said that since development could only take place in an atmosphere of peace and security, the commission would never take security issues for granted.
“Apart from our core mandate of fast-tracking the development of the Niger Delta region, we also have a responsibility to ensure that the people of the region live in peace,” the MD said.
The NDDC boss commended the military for making sacrifices for the peace and security of the country, assuring that the commission would continue to do its best to assist the security agencies in their onerous assignment.
He affirmed that the military would continue to enjoy the support of the NDDC because of its strategic role of defending lives and properties.
In his remark, Brig-Gen. Essien, who had been redeployed to the headquarters of the Nigerian Army in Abuja, charged the NDDC management to continue to support the military in the region.
“I appreciate the support the NDDC gave to me and I hope that it will be extended to my successor,” he said.
Gen. Essien expressed confidence that he handed over to an infantry commander who was well equipped to tackle the challenges of maintaining peace in the Niger Delta.
He assured the commission that the new commander would contribute his quota by providing the peaceful environment necessary for sustainable development to thrive.
Responding, the new commander of 2 Brigade, Brig-Gen. Olabanji said that he had always been interested in the activities of the NDDC as a son of the Niger Delta.
He promised to sustain the cordial relationship between the army and the commission.
“I will do everything that is necessary to maintain this mutually beneficial relationship,” he assured.
In his address, the NDDC MD, Sir Bassey Dan-Abia said that it was significant that the two army commanders chose to visit the commission together.
He said: “We have enjoyed the friendship and warmth of the out-going commander. As for the new commander who is a proud son of the Niger Delta, we can only say welcome home.”
He said that since development could only take place in an atmosphere of peace and security, the commission would never take security issues for granted.
“Apart from our core mandate of fast-tracking the development of the Niger Delta region, we also have a responsibility to ensure that the people of the region live in peace,” the MD said.


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