Insecurity: FG town hall meeting adopts state police

The Town Hall Meeting on National Security organised by the Federal Government has recommended that state police should be supported by the National Assembly as well as the House of Assembly in states.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Abuja at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) flagship interview programme, NANForum.

He said the meeting made the recommendation based on the consensus that state police would governors better leverage in the handling of security issues their domains.

Mohammed said the from the town hall meeting held on April 8 in Kaduna would be presented to the National Economic Council (NEC)  at meeting on Thursday.

NAN reports that NEC is a decision making body presided by Vice President and has all the 36 governors, and some ministers as members.

The minister  also disclosed that the town hall meeting recommended decentralisation and reformation of the judiciary, adding that this should be done through constitutional amendment.

Autonomy for local governments, he said, was also adopted at the town hall meeting.

“Another resolution is that every level of government must ensure that every child of school age has compulsory and primary education.

“One of the discussants took us back to 1973 under Gen. Yakubu Gowon regime when there was a national retreat; at that national retreat, it was resolved to come up with just one national pledge.

“They pledged to ensure that Nigerians will not go through any civil war again and at the of that retreat, government came up with this pledge that all children born after the of civil war must have and compulsory primary education, ” he said.

The minister noted that the call for compulsory and education was reinforced at the meeting.

Mohammed added that acquiring basic education would help in reducing banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other vices. (NAN)