Major General Lawrence Fejokwu Seeks Media Collaboration With Defence Correspondents


“Appeals for stronger collaboration”

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Major General Lawrence Fejokwu has appealed to the 81 Division Defence Correspondents for stronger collaboration by ensuring that they are guided by the principle of balance reporting while reporting on activities of the Division and by extension the Nigerian Army (NA).

The GOC made the appeal while receiving the Division’s Defence Correspondents at the Headquarters of the Division at Victoria Island.

He said solid intelligence gathering, an interface with other security agencies and a good plan of action were needed to contain insurgent activities.

“Once you have the right intelligence, you can nip the problem of insurgency and insecurity in the bud, before it starts to escalate.

“This is why intelligence sharing is essential to solving the insurgency problem, because if you rely on these questions, they will come to your door,” he said.

“It is this information that will allow the military to solve the insurgency problem before it spirals out of control and begins to snowball into a larger monster.”

“The army is there to protect the citizens and to encourage them to go about their business in the safest environment, which is part of the mission that I intend to devote,” Fejokwu said.

The GOC has also urged the media to do their work in an objective and balanced manner, without necessarily creating a sensation in order to capture audiences.

He urged the correspondents to be mindful of sensational reports as they could attract negative inferences that could influence crisis.

He noted that he will ensure an open-door policy that would give the Defence Correspondents unfettered access to clarify any report on the activities of the NA within his area of responsibility. He added that if such clarification is beyond him, he would guide them on the next step to take.

Major General Fejokwu while speaking on his expectation on security within Lagos and Ogun States, said the Military is here to protect all abiding citizens by ensuring that they go about their businesses in the safest environment.

He cited intelligence as the major keys to solving any security challenges as the battle can only be won if the civil populace brings credible information to security agencies that can be used to nip security challenges in the bud before they snowball into crisis. He further said the Division will keep members of the press informed on the progress made in terms security measures put in place to improve the state of security in the States.

Responding on possible plans of the 81 Division to prevent possible attacks on government facilities within his area of responsibility.

The GOC stated that the military in conjunction with other various agencies are working on strategies to contain any attacks but for operations security reasons he would not disclose it. He added that very soon the press would start seeing manifestation of significant improvement in the security architecture in the State.

Highlights of the visit included the introduction of the GOC and other principal staff officers of the Division as well as the Defence Correspondents. Also, there were interactive session and group photograph.