Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio has charged Nigerian Air Force to increase surveillance in the oil producing areas to curtail crude oil theft, bunkering and vandalisation of oil pipelines by miscreants.
Akpabio, who gave the charge yesterday when the Commander of 207 Special Mobility Group, Calabar, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo, paid him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Office, Uyo, said such effort would restore losses in the monthly oil derivation accruable to government.
The Governor, bemoaned upsurge of sea pirates in the country’s territorial waters coupled with harassment of sea passengers and fishermen and the resultant effects on the means of livelihood of the affected persons.
The governor called on the Commander to deploy his men to check activities of sea pirates.
He commended him for what his men are doing in partnering other security agencies in “Operation Thunder”, and appealed for more cooperation in ensuring safety of lives and property.
Akpabio further lauded the efforts of the air force in fighting terrorism in the country.
He said: “Although terrorism is a global problem, what we are seeing in the country is totally un-Nigerian. I want the Nigerian Air Force to add more value to the security of lives and property.
On the forthcoming air force seminar in the state, the Governor welcomed the idea, and hoped that it would boost more collaboration in security between the government and the air force.
The governor described the Information Communication Technology in Akwa Ibom International Airport manned by men of Nigerian Air Force as second to none and a great innovation.
He congratulated the Commander on his new appointment, saying: “You must have proved your appointment as an efficient and hard working person hence the elevation. And I have no doubt that you’ll prove your mettle in this new position.”
Air Commodore Ohwo who said his area covered Uyo too and his duty was to ensure safety of the sky, thanked the Governor for receiving him in the state.
He announced that the Nigerian Air Force seminar in Akwa Ibom would involve deployment of aircrafts and helicopters to boost the operations.