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Senate will ensure community policing – Lawan

In the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate,  Ahmad Lawan,  lamented that insecurity in the country had deteriorated.

Lawan, while welcoming his colleagues from the Christmas and New Year break, said the Senate would pursue with vigour, the implementation of the community policing system.
The lawmakers had earlier held a one-hour closed-session where they bemoaned the security crisis in the country and resolved to debate the issue at plenary on Wednesday (tomorrow).
Lawan reiterated the determination of the Senate to engage the executive arm of government to discuss the implementation of the recently launched National Security Strategy 2019.
He said, “The Senate is going to pursue the implementation of community policing vigorously. For a long time, major stakeholders in the security of our nation and police authorities appear to achieve consensus on the necessity of introduction of community policing in the country.
“To this end, the police authorities will be invited to brief and update the Senate on the progress made so far. 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. Therefore, we need to speedily seek for solutions to fix the security problem bedevilling our dear country.
“There is urgent need for a paradigm shift and reform of the architecture and structure of our security systems. Equally important is the citizen participation, and collaboration in providing security.
Lawan assured Nigerians that the National Assembly would ensure the implementation of the 2020 budget.
He said, “The oversight by the National Assembly is as important and critical as passing the budget itself.
“The committees of the Senate will need to carry out vigorous oversight on ministries, departments and agencies under their jurisdiction. In furtherance of this commitment, the Senate will receive and debate the reports of such oversight activities in plenary.
Meanwhile, the South-West states on Tuesday stepped up efforts on the drafting of laws to back their security outfit, Operation Amotekun.
After initial opposition by the Federal Government, the South-West governors and the FG on Thursday settled their differences over Amotekun, which the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on January 14, declared illegal.
Both sides agreed that each of the South-West states should make a law to back the security outfit, which was conceived to address killings and kidnapping in the zone.
The South-West attorneys general, at a meeting in Ibadan last week, chose Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti states to produce model bills on Amotekun ahead of another meeting next week.
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