House Plans Summit, Security Commission To Tackle Insecurity

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Given the prevalent security challenges that have defied solutions, the House of Representatives is proposing a National Legislative Security Summit to harvest ideas from diverse sectors comprising security, traditional and religious institutions, academia, civil society, and more for enduring solutions to the nation’s security woes.

Speaker, Abass Tajudeen disclosed while opening the second leg of this year’s legislative session, in addition to the establishment of a security sector reform commission to oversee reforms within the sector, introduce stricter penalties for misappropriation, misallocation or any form of financial malpractice within the security sector.

Tajudeen who said it is time to harness our collective expertise to break the silos that have hindered the progress in charting a new course towards peace and stability, noted the summit aligns with the constitutional mandate of the parliament to enact laws that strengthen the nation’s security framework, allocate resources wisely, and provide the oversight necessary to ensure strategies are well-intentioned, effective, and accountable.

Furthermore, as a matter of urgent national importance, he charged all the relevant security-based Committees in the House to engage with the security chiefs on some of the most immediate measures and resources needed to improve security across the country.

Nigeria currently faces security challenges including threats of insurgency, the rise in kidnapping for ransom and the unsettling unrest that severely tests the peace and stability of the six geo-political zones of the country. Families and communities have endured immense hardships, while many have lost loved ones to these tumultuous events.

In the last few weeks, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, Folorunsho Ariyo, as well as many others have fallen victim to the heinous acts of terror that have terrified the country.

He noted that the country has for too long been caught in the vicious grip of insecurity, a malaise that spreads its tentacles far and wide, sparing no one in its wake despite numerous security measures, mocking the efforts and challenging the resolve to build a cohesive, peaceful and prosperous nation.

“It is a stark reminder that the conventional approaches to security we have espoused for so long are no longer sufficient”, noted Tajudeen who urged all to think out of the box and adopt new and contemporary strategies that better respond to the complexities of our current challenges.

He commended the patriotic and brave security forces for their heroism and sacrifice, urging them to review their approaches and strategies, innovate and adapt.

“The enemy evolves, and so must we. I challenge you to rise to this occasion, to demonstrate the indomitable spirit for which you are known, and to do more in

safeguarding the lives and properties of our people”.

In the areas of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, he pledged that the lawmakers shall work with the Office of the National Security Adviser to strengthen the Anti-terrorism Act to provide guidelines for the prosecution of suspects.

Other areas for legislative action by the lawmakers include finalising the domesticating of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons and Ammunition to curb the proliferation of small arms in

Nigeria and amend the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015 to tackle emerging threats and protect critical national infrastructure; adopt legislative measures that promote economic opportunities in the geo-political zones most affected by insecurity.

“We are committed to strengthening inter-agency collaboration, improving intelligence sharing, and leading police reforms” the Speaker noted.

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