Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged security agencies to as a matter of urgency and importance, tackle the menace of secret cults in the society as he frowned at the level of cultism in the country saying security operatives must without further delay curb the trend, because parents, teachers, also, share in the blame for not properly guiding the youths.
Okowa gave the challenge in his office, government house, Asaba when the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Mohammadu Mustafa paid him a familiarization visit Friday.
According to the governor, “Alarming rise in cultism can be attributed to poor home training, peer group influence, negligence of parents inculcating morals to the children, there is need to educate children from their formative stages to have respect for human lives, parents must spend more time with the children and teachers must pay attention to pupils in the schools; this will help reduce the challenges policemen face in the society,”
The governor while emphasising that “security agencies should take it as a serious challenge to check the rise of cultism”, congratulated the Police Commissioner for his posting to Delta State, asserted that, “security is not about the police and the military, it is about partnership between the civil society and security operatives for the desired peace to be achieved.”
“There is the need for us to know ourselves and realise that even with our positions in government, we have a lot of roles to play in achieving peace in the society, the Police in the state is working hard, they need to work harder because, if we have a more peaceful state, it will be better for all of us.”
Okowa who called for effective synergy between security agencies in the areas of sharing of information for effective results to be achieved, assured the Police and other security agencies of his administration’s commitment to supporting them to succeed.
The Governor disclosed that a Board for Security Trust Fund will soon be constituted in the state to raise funds to complement what government us doing to assist security agencies.
Earlier, the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammadu Mustafa, assured Governor Okowa and all Deltans that “the Police will not allow the peace we are enjoying in the state to drop, we will adopt preventive measures to checking crime and criminal activities in the state.”