Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Citizens Engagement: The Office Of The Senior Special Assistant S To The Governor On Citizens Engagement And Civil Society Engages With Delta State Commissioner Of Police, CP Hafiz Inuwa, And The Nigerian Police Force Delta State Command, Even As The Command Pledges Partnership with Delta State Civil Society Community.





... As Delta State Police Command Pledges Partnership with the Delta State Civil Society Community.


By Victor Bieni


ASABA - The vital role being played by the Nigerian Police Force, Delta State Command in the ongoing combat against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has been commended.

This commendation was made recently at a COVID - 19 Advocacy and Consultative Visit by Activist Rex Anighoro, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Civic Engagement and Civil Society, when he alongside the leadership of the Delta State Civil Society Community led by Deacon Okezi Odugala met with the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Hafiz Inuwa and the top officers of the Delta State Command.

The Civil Society leader and Senior Aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa also commended the Nigerian Police Force, Delta State Command for its strong efforts at handling Security challenges in the State and for improved image rebranding. He further stated that the officer's welfare programmes, sharp looks, and neatness of the rank and file of the Police Command especially in the area of new uniforms is a welcome development that should be sustained.

Activist Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro briefed the Commissioner of Police and officers of the Command that the Delta State Civil Society Community made up of large numbers of Civil Society Organizations led by Deacon Okezi Odugala is the organized body of Civil Society organizations (CSOs) recognized by his office which coordinates the Civil Society Operations and Development in the State as the umbrella body of Civil Society Organizations in the State.

Activist Rex Anighoro stated that the days of needless rivalry, superiority tussles, fragmentation, and lack of collective direction and unity of purpose are over with Civil Society Organizations working in the State as those who seek a better organized Society cannot be less organized themselves.

He made it known that it is in the best interest of Government and every other Stakeholder like the Delta State Police Command to work with an organized Civil Society body in the State for better cohesion, wider reach to the grassroots and service-delivery to citizens as the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the organized community have different thematic areas ranging from Gender Rights, Human Rights, Social Justice, Pro Democracy, Good Governance, Nonviolence - Peace building, Conflict Resolution, Anti Youth Vices, Youth Inclusiveness, Citizens Welfare, Community Service, Child Rights, SDG Campaign, Poverty Eradication, Climate Change, Migration, Environmental Advocacy and many more yet they all now network, coming together in one independent community for good of the State and Deltans irrespective of their political affiliations.

The Emory University trained Nonviolence Facilitator stated that his office as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Civic Engagement and Civil Society was partnering with the Police in building a better ‘Police - Citizens Relationship’ through more constructive engagements and training, especially in the areas of Police - Citizens Communications, Human Rights Protection, Inter-Faith, Leadership, Nonviolence and Civic Education.

Speaking also at the meeting, the Acting Coordinator, Delta State Civil Society Community, Deacon Okezi Odugala, commended the Nigerian Police Force through the Delta State Police Command for doing better than average in the enforcement of COVID -19 safety regulations despite reported cases of high-handedness and extrajudicial murders by security agents.

He stated that the Police in Delta State were quite exemplary despite allegations of citizen’s intimidations, extortions, and complicity in breaching border lockdown orders.

He said: "We appreciate your roles in this trying period of Covid-19 Pandemic, yours was not an easy task but you have done well. Without your role, it could have been worse ". He called for a partnership between the Delta State Police Command and the Delta State Civil Society Community.

He also commended the Nigerian Police Force for striving to improve on their human rights records even as he noted that a lot still needed to be done, he called on the Commissioner of Police to be more decisive in handling the Fulani/Herders issue in the State.

Conclusively, Deacon Okezi Odugala made commitments to the Commissioner of Police, CP Hafiz Inuwa stating that the Delta State Civil Society Community will be at the front lines in the demand for improved welfare for the men and officers of the Nigerian Police Force, noting that the Police Barracks in Nigeria are in a sorry state and are a total embarrassment to the Citizens, he made it known that an unmotivated police force cannot adequately safeguard citizens.

Responding to the speeches made by Activist Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Civic Engagement and Civil Society, and Deacon Okezi Odugala, Acting Coordinator of Delta State Civil Society Community, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Hafiz Inuwa, thanked the Governor's aide Activist Rex Anighoro for helping to ensure that Civil Society Organizations in the State get organized.

He stated that he would work closely and collaborate with Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Civic Engagement and Civil Society in advancing Citizens Engagement in the State. The Commissioner of Police welcomed his recommendations which he hailed as creative and brilliant and expressed his willingness to see them get implemented.

Furthermore, the Delta State Police Commissioner commended the Delta State Civil Society Community for coming together as a group under one umbrella of different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs,) in the State.

In his words: “I commend you all for coming together under one umbrella. Now that you are coordinated, it is a great credit to you the Delta State Civil Society Community. No doubt, we are going to work together because it is better to work with a body of organized Civil Society Organizations with Government and other stakeholder recognition than to work with one Civil Society Organization limited to just one or a few areas".

The Delta State Police Commissioner stated that he will work to see that the Delta State Civil Society Community plays more active roles in the operations of the State Community Police Committee (SCPC) and State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) for the good of Delta State as their critical evaluation, monitoring, sensitization, and advocacy roles cannot and must never be taken for granted.

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