By Our Corresponent

Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Delta State Council, Comrade Williams Akporeha has called on the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan to urgently deploy relevant security agencies to secure the immediate release of some of the Delta State University lecturers kidnapped recently in the state.

Comrade Akporeha made this call at the Labour House, Asaba while reacting to the seeming resurgence of activities of kidnappers in the state. “The organised labour in Delta State is shocked at the reemergence of activities of kidnappers. While we condemn this recent trend in its entirety, we use this opportunity to strongly appeal to the State Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan to promptly secure the release of the lecturers to their families without harm.”

Comrade Akporeha also appealed to the perpetrators of the incident to consider unconditional release of the lecturers and seek legitimate occupation from available opportunities in the state. According to him, “it is my sincere appeal that the lecturers should be released without further delay to relieve the lecturers and their families from unnecessary anxieties.”

He further stated that, “rather than take to criminality such as kidnapping, people should take the advantage of the numerous entrepreneurial initiatives being provided by the state government, particularly, the N2 billion CBN development fund for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises launched recently in the state to build capacity and be self employed.”

Comrade Akporeha commended Governor Uduaghan for the relative peace and security in the state but noted that this recent incident is a wakeup call for the state government to raise its game beyond the elements.

“We are happy that for some time now, echoes of kidnapping have been far from Delta state but with this recent abduction of lecturers, the state government needs to strengthen and re-strategize its security apparatus to further guarantee the safety of workers and citizens especially at this yuletide season,” he said.