BENIN CITY – A Block of two Storey Building at Number 5 Police Mobile Force Squardron Barracks, Ogida, in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State rehabilitated by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC has been inaugurated and handed over to the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force.
The Commissioner representing Edo State on the Board of the NDDC, Hon. Saturday Idehen Uwuilekhue, who inaugurated the project on behalf of the Governing Board, Management and staff of the Commission, said the event marked a significant milestone in the complimentary efforts of the Niger Delta Development Commission in the development of the Niger Delta Region.
Hon Uwuilekhue flanked by the Director, Edo State Office of the Commission, Dr Akwagaga Lelegima Enyia, stated “NDDC recognizes and appreciate that public security and social stability are extremely important for any society in the world. Nothing is possible without peace and stability. We understand that the Nigerian Police is logistically handicapped in providing adequate and effective security to the Niger Delta Region. To show solidarity with not just the Nigerian police but all security agencies, the NDDC will continue to intervene and provide various infrastructural and social amenities like this one being commissioned and many more across the nine states of the region”.
Continuing, he said, “We have provided Fire Trucks, built living quarters, school buildings and constructed internal road networks in many barracks across the region as well as donated hundreds of patrol vehicles to aid security operatives in the discharge of their duties. This project comprised the demolition and rehabilitation of an existing highly dilapidated block of two storey building into a one block of two storey building of twenty seven units of one bedroom apartments with toilet and bathroom ensuite, Twenty Four kitchens and six storerooms. It also include the installations of aluminum roof, steel panel doors, aluminum windows, plumbing and electrical distribution, kitchen cabinets, barriers, guard and balcony rails, Borehole, septic tank, interlocking tiles, furnishing and painting of the building”.
The Edo State NDDC Commissioner expressed hope that the project would help in mitigating the discomfort experienced by the officers and their families as well as provide the stability that the Mobile Police Officers require to fight against crimes and ensure better and more effective security protection for the residents of Edo State.
The Director, Edo State Office of the NDDC, Dr Akwagaga Lelegima Enyia disclosed that the residential building awarded for rehabilitation to Easykrest Nigeria Limited in 2015, can accommodate families of twenty-seven police officers.
She assured that the NDDC will not relent in its determination to offer a lasting solution to the social-economic challenges of the Niger Delta Region as it is committed to making a difference.
The Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Mr Johnson Kokumo, on behalf of the police authority commended the NDDC for the project which he said will go a long way in addressing the accommodation challenges faced by officers and men of the Number 5 Police Mobile Force Squadron, Ogida, in Egor local government area.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Squadron Commander, Number 5 Police Mobile Force Squadron, Ogida, Mr Rabiu Yakubu who also thanked the NDDC for the rehabilitation of the two storey building, appealed for more support in addressing infrastructures challenges faced by the squadron.
The ceremony attracted dignitaries across the state.