•Demand special funding
The Service Chiefs yesterday met for over four hours behind closed doors with the senate, where they gave tips to the senators on the requisite legislative bottlenecks to address to enable the security agencies have a seamless and effective security architecture.
According to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who read the resolutions of between the senate and the service chiefs, part of the amendments included some protocols and outstanding Bills that needed urgent passage to facilitate the cordiality that should exist in the relationship between the security agencies, especially regarding security of lives and property.
At the closed door, the service chiefs also requested the lawmakers to approve special funding for them to help facilitate their effectiveness and also strengthen the security architecture of the country.
He said the senate has told the security chiefs to present within two weeks the areas they think requires special funding, as well as their own budget for those areas that require the funding to improve the security situation of the country, which they will deal with in a supplementary budget to be submitted by the executive.
“We all observe the funding issue and we also agreed that there must be a special funding and as such we gave them two weeks for them to present their own budget on this area of special funding that we think will go a long way to improve the security situation in the country”, according to the Senate President.
Saraki also lamented the proliferation of dangerous arms resulting in spate of the killings by terrorists, Kidnappings by hoodlums across the country, saying that the service chiefs answered questions from senators bordering the security, insurgence, terrorism, kidnapping and other top crime and national security matters.
“Of course, of great concern was the issue of the coordination among the security agencies. One of that again is that we will be looking to have constitutional law passage to see what we can do to strengthen that aspect of the security.
“By and large, we are committed to ensuring that this unfortunate trend of killings we must find a way to bring an end to it. And we have all agreed to continue to work together to cooperate and work vary closely in order to address this issue and we are confident that changes will begin to be seen in this area.
“We have our own role to play and they have also committed to play their own role and we hope that over the next couple of weeks we will begin to take actions on some of these things that we have committed to. It shows how committed we are in ensuring that we do protect the life and property of citizens”, Saraki said.
Meanwhile, the service chiefs were led by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin, accosted by the Director General of Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, and representatives of other service chiefs, the Comptroller General of Customs, Hamid Ali,
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the Comptroller General of Immigration.
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