Senate plans to hold another National Security Summit - Trends and Politics


Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Senate plans to hold another National Security Summit

9th Nigerian Senate 

The Nigerian Senate would hold what it described as an all inclusive and  encompassing National Security Summit that would come up with very robust and far reaching resolutions on how to nip in the bud, the current security challenges across the country.
Disclosing this Tuesday,the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan   after deliberations on a point of Order raised by Senator Ayo Akinyelure, PDP, Ondo Central on the 'State of Insecurity in the nation and Gruesome Murder of Mrs.  Funke Olakurin who is the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti by yet to be identified gunmen. 
The senate president described the situation as unfortunate and lamented that insecurity of lives and property has spread to other parts of the country. 
The  Summit will be coming  17 months after the Eighth Senate had  organised a similar one where the Present President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan as Senate Leader was the Chairman of the Senate.
The summit which held from February 8 to 12 in Abuja was organised by the National Assembly with the aim to proffer solutions to the growing rate of insecurity in the country.
On the summit, Lawan said, "The situation in the country is pervase. Every part of the country has one story or the other to tell on the situation. It is the duty of the Senate to hold an all inclusive national summit on security. 
"The executive arm should also be involved because we have to work together to address the situation. The various intervention at the end of the day will bring the desired results. "
"Some of our colleagues in their presentations suggested the convocation of a robust security summit on the security situation of the country. The national committee on security will address the situation."
The Upper Chamber also mandated the Inspector - General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu and all  the service chiefs to spread their dragnet to ensure that the killers of Olakunrin  and other innocent Nigerians were apprehended and brought to justice.
It also asked the local and state governments to cooperate and collaborate with relevant agencies with needed logistics in their respective areas, even as it  directed the Budget office and the Senate Committee on Appropriation when constituted,  to make adequate funds available in the 2020 budget for the joint operation of the armed forces and other security agencies.
The senators thereafter observed a one minute silence in honour of the late Mrs. Olakunrin  and commiserated with her family especially her nonagerian father on the gruesome murder. 

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