SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Governors of the 36 states of the federation have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to recruit more police officers to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.
Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi disclosed this to State House correspondents on Friday after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said he came to brief the President on the outcome of the security committee of the National Economic Council which had met to review concerns, issues around security and their proposed reactions .
He said this was a meeting that had in its membership governors from the six zones, the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Defence Staff and the National Security Adviser.
He further explained that it was the outcome of the last Economic Council meeting which focused exclusively on security.
He said” the committee has just met a couple of days ago and I was asked to brief both the Vice President who chairs the National Economic Council and to brief the president as well on the aspect of the work of the sub-committee of NEC that will require the Commander-in-Chief’s support.
“Namely, the organisation of the community policing arrangement that the IGP has announced publicly as his own way of effective response to security challenges across the board.
“The coordination between governors and security chiefs within the six zones and then recruitment into the law enforcement agencies. As you maybe aware, certain recruitments are going on now particularly with regards to the police.
“But, we feel in our humble opinion that 10,000 policemen and women are not enough to add to the police in tackling the dearth of security agents in the country.
“That we will have to figure out a way to increase that number either out of the NPower cadets who are coming to the end of their service year having spent two years or youth service corps members or any of the other institutions that will enable us to boost the manpower of the Nigerian police force.
He also said the President commended NEC for paying special attention to security while urging the committee to work with the security chiefs.
“President Buhari said the security chiefs also briefed him about it in their security meeting on Thursday.
“Mr president also said that jointly we should workout the detailed modalities for the suggested date so that it can be drafted into a plan of action,” he said.
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