Senate President Ahmed Lawan has added his voice to the strident call for the overhaul of the country’s security apparatus.
Lawan who spoke at Tuesday’s plenary at the senate chambers, lamented that the nation’s security has deteriorated and loss of lives is not acceptable.
He reiterated the need for lives and properties to be secured in the country as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
He said; “My distinguished colleagues, the security situation in our country requires serious attention and due consideration by the Senate and indeed the National Assembly.
“Recently, the security in the country has deteriorated and the attendant loss of lives is not acceptable.
“We need to secure the lives and property of our citizens, as enshrined in our Constitution. We all are witnesses to how our economy is also affected by the inclement security situation,” Pawan said.
In his welcome speech after the lawmakers resumed from their six-week recess, the Senate President disclosed that they are working to engage the Federal Government on the implementation of the nation’s security strategy.
He added that they will also be working towards implementation of community policing and will also be inviting police authorities to give periodic updates.
He said; “There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift and reform of the architecture and structure of our security systems. Equally important is citizen participation, and collaboration in providing security.”
“In this regard, the Senate will engage the Executive arm of government to discuss the implementation of the recently launched National Security Strategy (NSS) 2019.”