The State Security Service, SSS, in Delta State now has a new detention facility meant to enhance its operations. The modern complex, designed for high profile suspects, was built and handed over to the security outfit by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Speaking at the commissioning of the facility in Asaba yesterday, Mrs. Florence Oghre-Ikanone, the State Director of Security, Delta State Command, said that the SSS and the NDDC share a common objective in the quest to develop the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large through the provision of security and the enabling environment for people of all works of life to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
The SSS director said that the new complex would go a long way in enhancing the operational capability of the security service, as well as boosting the morale of its officers. She noted that the SSS officers under her command work ceaselessly, putting their lives on the line to ensure that the Nigerian project succeeded. “We toil to ensure that we create an enabling environment where commerce and investment can thrive and the safety of the people is guaranteed,” she said.
Dr.Mrs. Christy Atako, the NDDC Acting Managing Director, said that security was a very important input in the development process, noting that the commission could not do without the support of the security forces in the quest to fast-track the development of the Niger Delta region.
She said that the interventionist agency was always sensitive to the needs of its stakeholders, especially critical ones such as the security agencies. “The new facility for the SSS is a testimony to the partnership which the NDDC has established with the security agencies in furtherance of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan,” she said.
Recently, the NDDC handed over three projects to the 343 Artillery Regiment at Elele barracks in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State. The projects were a 2.74-kilometre road; a 59-pole solar street light and a rehabilitated residential quarter in the barracks. Recently the commission also inaugurated some projects at the Port Harcourt military barracks, in addition to donating 100 land cruiser jeeps, fitted with sophisticated communication gadgets to the Nigeria Police.