The Nigeria Police Force has honoured the Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr. Efiong Akwa, with a distinguished Service Award.
The NPF said the award was “In recognition of Mr Akwa’s sterling leadership qualities and partnership with security agencies to promote and sustain peace in the Niger Delta region.”
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba, presented the award to the NDDC boss during a State banquet hosted by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel at Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, as part of the two-day conference and retreat for Police Officers in the State.
The IGP said the NDDC, as a critical partner to securing peace in the Niger Delta, has assisted the Nigeria Police Force with working tools and facilities for efficient discharge of security service to Nigeria.
The Inspector General of Police, who pledged to provide security for all Nigerians to go about their businesses, said: “We on our part are ready, willing and able to provide the required security to Nigerians so long as we have tools to work.”
During the opening of the retreat on Tuesday by President Muhamadu Buhari, with the Theme: “The New Police Vision: A roadmap for stabilizing internal security in Nigeria”, the IGP said that evolving a new roadmap for stabilizing internal security “will be enhanced through re-strategized new ways of tackling national security, especially in an election year.”
Mr Akwa in his remarks at the event, stated that NDDC was obligated by its mandate to work with stakeholders to ensure the enabling environment for sustainable regional development, adding that the Commission remained committed to discharging its mandate.
“NDDC will continue to work with security agencies to promote peace and security in the Niger Delta, because development can occur in an environment that is peaceful and secure, one that allows every citizen and all businesses to go about their daily pursuits.
“The new NDDC is committed to offering the people of the Niger Delta a better return on their cooperation with and support for the Commission, to be able to do its work. And we acknowledge the support from President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, in ensuring that we are able to offer better service to the people,” the NDDC boss said.