Senate president calls for overhaul of Nigeria’s security architecture

Chidi Samuel| The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, decried the poor security situation in various parts of the country, describing the recent loss of lives of citizens as worrisome.

Lawan, who spoke during Tuesday’s plenary at the Senate chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, stated that there is a need to speedily seek for solutions to fix the country’s security problems.

He said, “My distinguished colleagues, the security situation in our country requires serious attention and due consideration by the Senate and indeed the National Assembly.”

“Recently, the security in the country has deteriorated and the attendant loss of lives is not acceptable.

“We need to secure the lives and property of our citizens, as enshrined in our Constitution. We all are witnesses to how our economy is also affected by the inclement security situation.”

The senate president also revealed that they were working in talks with the executive branch on the implementation of the nation’s security strategy.

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He said, “There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift and reform of the architecture and structure of our security systems. Equally important is citizen participation, and collaboration in providing security.”

“In this regard, the Senate will engage the Executive arm of government to discuss the implementation of the recently launched National Security Strategy (NSS) 2019.”

According to Lawan, major stakeholders in the nation’s security and police authorities appear to achieve consensus on the necessity of the introduction of community policing.

He, therefore, gave the assurance that the Senate was in support of the initiative to ensure the adequate security of Nigerians and their properties at the grassroots and would pursue vigorously the implementation of community policing.

Speaking on power situation in the country, Lawan said, “My distinguished colleagues, it is an incontrovertible fact that the power sector cannot function optimally and thrive under the current circumstances.

“The anticipated outcome of improvement in effectiveness and efficiency of the privatisation process has not been achieved and doesn’t look feasible. Therefore, we have to take all the necessary steps to salvage this indispensable sector.

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“The ensuing debate on the report of the Roundtable Discussions will no doubt reveal the actions that the Federal Government will need to take,” he stated.

He also assured that the upper legislative chamber under his watch will ensure that the petroleum industrial bill (PIB) is passed.

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