Senate President, Ahmed Laws has promised that Nigerians will see a significant improvement in the security of the nation after two months as the government will embark on activities that will secure Nigeria.
This assurance came at the back of an ” extensive discussion” with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Lawan, who was addressing journalists in Abuja said there is nothing more important now than the security of all parts of the country saying the government cannot shy away from the issues of security.
Lawan: “We cannot shy away from the fact that we have to get our people secured, we have to secure the environment for them to earn the means of livelihood, we would like to see our farmers go back to farms before the rains start to come.
“The rainy season starts. And this means we have to secure the rural parts of Nigeria as well as the urban centres because we need businesses to flourish.
“So I believe that between now and probably the next two months, there will be a lot of activities to ensure that we secure environments for people to lead a very normal life, where we also believe that the government is headed in the right direction.”
Also, more funding may be approved for the military in order to acquire the much needed equipment to tackle the frightening levels of insecurity in the country.
“You recall that the National Economic Council approved of taking some funds from the excess crude accounts with a view to giving more sources to our armed forces.
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“This is a commendable effort and we are ready to help with appropriation to ensure that we acquire those equipment we need for security to end this insecurity in the northwest in the south Southsouth and southwest as well. We believe that this is also going to help empower and build the capacity of other security agencies like the police because the police need to be there.
“They’re supposed to maintain the internal security and whenever the armed forces have secured an environment, the police should be there to stay put and make sure there is law and order,” Lawan said.
The Senate President said President Buhari has requested that the forensic audit report of the accounts of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) be submitted to him.
He promised that the NDDC will be fully sanitised so that development can finally come to the region.
” I agree with Mr. President, that we have to end the forensic audit to ensure that everything is done properly and the report is submitted to him. And here, it is very significant, that whoever is found culpable, should be treated as such.
” So, that will serve as a lesson and as a deterrent to others, because NDDC should have transformed the Niger Delta into a better environment than what it has done. The NDDC was created by a law of the National Assembly since 2000 or so, and we are talking about how many years now, we are we are talking about almost two decades that should have given sufficient time given the resources that were deployed into into the entities.
“So we need to sanitise the NDDC and get the resources fully deployed in developing the Niger Delta,” Lawan said.