By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has described as fruitless, support by his administration to the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services, DSS, to enhance the security situation in the state.
The governor, who spoke, weekend, in Lagos, shortly after he received the Sun Governor of the Year award, blamed the situation on what he termed politicisation of security in the state by the Federal Government.
He said that the Federal Government had taken incessant replacement of Police Commissioner , Director of DSS to an irrational level in the state.
He said: “Unfortunately, our commitments and support for the security agencies, especially the Police and the DSS appear fruitless given the prevailing disenchantment over their poor operations and relationship with the government and our people.
“Worse still, the politicization of security agencies and services in Rivers State, which started with the frequent and impulsive replacement of Police and DSS bosses, is becoming entrenched and even taken to irrational levels.” The governor said his administration had spent several millions of naira to enhance efficiency of security agencies in the state, adding that it donated gun boats, patrol vehicles and surveillance equipment to them.
The governor said: “In Rivers State, our administration treats security as the number one priority. We have invested millions of naira to provide support for security agencies, including patrol vehicles, communication and surveillance equipment, gunboats and other logistics.
“Even as I speak, we have procured six armoured personnel carriers to be delivered to the police force. You must also be aware of the two armoured helicopters partly funded by the previous administration, which we brought into the country and voluntarily offered to the Nigerian Air Force to use in providing aerial security surveillance for the state.”
Governor Wike said it was high time state governments were treated as federating units and not departments of the Federal Government.
“We must come to terms with the fact that states are federating units, not departments of the Federal Government. State governors are elected by their people, and therefore, superior in every respect to appointed officers of the Federal Government.”
He further called for an all inclusive government at the centre to drive the common good of the federation.