Why I Parley With Militants – Gov. Uduaghan

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State last Tuesday in Abuja defended his government’s parley with the militants in the Niger Delta region.

He said the decision to engage the militants in a dialogue had largely contributed “to the peace that we have today’’.

Uduaghan spoke at a retreat for government information managers organised by the NTA, TV Enterprises and Bridgelink.

He delivered a paper on: “Communicating Government Vision, Policies and Programmes: Challenges for Government Information Managers – An Executive Perspective.’’

“When I visit the creeks, they feel me and we discuss; I tell them what governance is all about, and they tell me what living in the creeks is all about,’’ he said.

Uduaghan said information management should not only be left to state information managers alone.

He stressed that every government official should have the skill to promote and defend government policies and actions.

The NTA Director-General, Dr Tonnie Iredia, said the major challenge for public communications in Nigeria remained the language of communication.

The retreat was aimed at fostering transparent and good governance.

Meanwhile, militants in the Niger Delta region on Tuesday unleashed terror on Bomadi Police Station in Delta State, leaving a police officer dead.

The militants had zoomed off into the tin air after they attacked and inflicted injuries of various degrees on the guard and carted away the dead officer’s guns.

Briefing newsmen in Asaba, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Benawi Ishaku confirmed the attack which occurred at about 1am yesterday.

According to him, “the action by the group may not be unconnected with their target for guns belonging to the force”.

He further said “the command condemned the action of the illegal group. We will make sure that the perpetrators are brought down and our guns recovered. For the bad ones, it is either they leave the state or we gun them down”.

 

Sources said, that the dead police sergeant was one of the two-man armed guards attached to the police station, but his identity could not be ascertained as at press time.

An eye witness account at the station, who pleaded anonymity, revealed that “the best of the policemen seemed not good enough as they (police) were largely overpowered by the fire power of the militants”.

The state police image maker, however, appealed to the people of Delta State to furnish the command with useful information that could lead to the hideouts of the armed militia operating in the state and the region.

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