Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Bayelsa state command, Commander Desmond Agu has charged journalists practicing in the state to support his command in its war against crude oil theft.
Agu, said that journalists play a vital role in intelligence gathering in the society but that the lack of intelligence sharing between NSCDC and journalists is a militating factor in the war against crude theft nationwide, a situation he says must change in Bayelsa State.
He gave the charge on Thursday when the executive members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Bayelsa State Council paid a courtesy visit in his office at the commands headquarter in Yenagoa.
While urging journalists to do more to aid the NSCDC, the commandant commended journalists in the state for being accurate in their reportage but decried the fact that journalists seldom share intelligence that may lead to hide outs of crude oil thieves.
“Since I assumed office here in Bayelsa state, the NSCDC through the cordial relationship I have with journalists has succeeded in destroying more than 1000 illegal refineries in Southern Ijaw and other Local Government Areas of the state.
“Journalists get information faster than any other person in society and sometimes they get information that may lead to hide outs of criminals before but the problem is that journalists seldom share such information with security men. So that is why your visit to our office is vital and I hope through this visit we can further cement our relationship,” he said.
Earlier, chairman of the NUJ, Comrade John Angese proposed a sporting competition between the NUJ and NSCDC, saying such activity would help cement the relationship between journalists and NSCDC in the state.
He said that the NUJ will not relent in its duty to ensure that journalists are up and doing, and that the NSCDC would continue to receive the support of journalists in its war against crude oil theft across the state.
He said, “It is our desire that we would engage all security outfits in Bayelsa state in a friendly tournament because they say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In no time as soon as our economy improves, we are looking forward to organising a table tennis tournament between NUJ and NSCDC.