Imo State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Mr. Danjuma Elisha has solicited the support and cooperation of media houses based in the State, noting that such synergy was needed for him and his team to succeed in their national assignments.
The Civil Defense Commandant made the appeal when Imo Newspaper Publishers’ Association (INPA) visited him in his office last Wednesday. Elisha described the media as the nucleus of whatever official function anyone may be doing anywhere in the world, remarking that the number of media houses in Imo state was a clear indication that Imolites were better informed.
Mr. Danjuma Elisha who described the visit as the first of its kind in the history of the command in the state, outlined the core mandates of his command to include but not limited to the protection of critical public infrastructures, pipelines, electricity facilities and installations, maintenance of peace and stability through alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism. According to him, any public officer or group ignoring the powers of the media is doing so at his or her own peril even as he assured the visiting publishers of his resolve to partner with them at all times.
The NSCDC Boss used the opportunity to appeal to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company EEDC to ensure that their electricity bills are reasonable with human face.
According to him, the company should also live up to its mandate by replacing, maintaining and effecting repairs on damaged transformers and other installations instead of allowing consumers to do such and in turn return to take that away from the owners.
The security chief assured Imolites returning home this yuletide of adequate security cover by NSCDC officers and men to compliment that of the Police and other sister agencies.
Chairman Imo Newspaper Publishers Association (INPA) Mr Henry Ekpe had earlier informed the NSCDC boss and his senior officers that INPA was an association of business men and women majority of whom are journalists. Ekpe advised the NSCDC Commandant to empower his PRO so that information about his command would always be availed to the media in the state to ward off speculative Journalism that will not do the corps any good.