By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”DEPUTY Governor of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), said yesterday in Asaba that theÂ formal take off of Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty agenda for militants in the Niger Delta marked the beginning of peace, development and freedom in the region and the nation at large.
Receiving the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, Mr. Julian Okpalaeke, on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Asaba, Utuama said â€œtoday marks the take off of the amnesty in the nation, which in turn marks an era of peace, freedom and development for the whole of the Niger Delta in particular and the whole of Nigeria in generalÂ and indeed the world at large.
â€œThe resources from the Niger Delta are resources that advance the course of humanity, not only in the South South, not only in Nigeria, but the world at large. So peace and development in the Niger Delta is peace and development in the whole world,â€ Utuama said, pointing out that â€œthe amnesty has come to cure the unrest and violence that had characterized the regionâ€.
Assuring the AIG of the state governmentâ€™s continued cooperation in fighting crimes in the state, the deputy governor said â€œwe want to specially thank you (AIG) for your kind remarks about Delta State as one of the most peaceful states in the South South and off course in Nigeria.
It is only a person who has full knowledge of Delta State who can pass that vote of confidence on Delta State.
â€œIn this administration, we have taken peace and security as our agenda and the police plays a strategic role in the implementation of this agenda as well as other security agencies like the army, the navy and the SSS.
Earlier,Â AIG Okpalaeke thanked the state government for the assistance it has given to the state police command, which included the donation of 35 patrol vans and two armoured personnel carriers among others.