Felix Jeremiah, Yenogoa

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has described the award of Best Security Governor in West Africa conferred on him by Security Watch Africa in South Africa, as a call to boost security efforts in the State.

Governor Dickson made the remark when the Special Adviser on Security, Colonel Bernard Kenebai (rtd) who received the award on his behalf in South Africa presented award to him at Government House, Yenagoa.

Hon. Dickson dedicated the award to the people of the State for their peaceful disposition and cooperation with security agencies and the selflessness on the part of the various security agencies, stressing that, the award was made possible largely by the existing cooperation between them and assured that no effort would be spared in his drive to continue to improve on security.

According to him, the award given to Operation Doo Akpor is heartwarming as it was as a result of their diligence and support for Government’s policy on zero tolerance to crime and violence as well as dedication and gallant efforts that have always paid off and received accolades from outside the shores of the country.

Calling on various security agencies in the State to redouble their efforts in sustaining the prevailing peace and stability in the State, he noted that it has become imperative to beef up security as the yuletide approaches and increased political activities.

Governor Dickson, who expressed appreciation to the organizers of the award for the honour accorded him and the State, assured that no effort would be spared in his drive to continue to improve security.

In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Colonel Bernard Kenebai (rtd), said Bayelsa was high on the mark of activities this year of the Security Watch Africa Lecture and Award Series.

Colonel Kenebai who led a team of security personnel and officials of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), attributed the awards of Best Crime Busting Squad in West Africa for Operation Doo Akpor and Best Security Governor in West Africa for Governor Dickson to the recognition of the present administration’s huge investment in security.