The State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Commander (Ambassador) Majekodumi Abidemi and his men today visited Odukpani Local Government Council as part of his familiarization tour of all Divisions in the State.
The State Commandant who was received by the Divisional Officer in charge of Odukpani Division DSO O. B. Offor at his office later inspected a guard of honor mounted by men of NSCDC before proceeding on a Courtesy call on the Executive Chairman.
At the Chairman Office, the commandant expressed his happiness and appreciation to the Chairman for housing his personnel and creating an enabling environment for them to operate.
He stated that he decided to embark on such visits to enable him have a first hand information of issues within Odukpani Local Government Area because he does not believe on written report only. He stated that the purposes of his visits amongst others are to:
Cheer his men and boost their morale.
Further cement the already established relationship with other sister security agencies.
Instill in his men the need to see themselves first as civilian before being military.
See the situation and the environment they are operating from.
Visit the Chairman and interface with the Council on possible areas of cooperation.
Foster a cordial working relationship between his men and the civilian populace in Odukpani Local Government Area.
He stated that upon resumption of office, he carefully went through the files of each Local Government Area and discovered that Odukpani was a restive zone but he was so happy reading down to discovered that upon assumption of office, the Chairman did not waste time but initiated and monitored the peace process in the area which according to the report have today yield a peaceful atmosphere.
He informed the Chairman that his DSO has been updating him on all her peace moves in the Local Government Area and advised that the tempo be maintained till absolute peace is achieved.
He expressed his readiness to work with the Council in protecting the State critical assets against vandalism stating that Odukpani is the gateway into the State Capital and as such requires a good and effective security system in place.
He thanked the Nigerian Police Force, the DSS, NIS, FRSC, and NYSC members for being in attendance.
Responding, the Executive Chairman Hon (Mrs.) Justina Edem thanked the Commandant for the visit stating that it is an honor to have him in his office.
She informed him that upon resumption of office, she had to visit the former commandant on a courtesy call to solicit for synergy with her and other security agencies which today has led to tremendous help in peace restoration.
She stated that no society grows without peace hence her zeal in ensuring that peace is restored in all the affected areas. He informed him of renewed inter border clash between Odukpani and Itu Local Government at the Calabar-Itu bridge head axis yesterday stating that she has inform relevant security agencies who had mobilized to the scene citing that the matter is beyond the Local Government and called on the Federal and State government to expedite action on the final settlement of the boundary issue which has led to loss of lives and properties.
She used the opportunity to commend all security agencies within the Local Government Area for always responding swiftly when called upon and emphasized the need for intelligence sharing. She called on the commandant to ensure that Odukpani indigenes are employed into the service to aid in curbing youth restiveness as unemployment plays a key role in it.
She expressed her continuous support to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
High point of the visit was a town hall meeting at the Palace Hall of HRH Ntoe Cyril Omin (Clan Head of Odukpani Qua Clan) and his cabinet, men, women, youths, and residents of Odukpani.