by Yemi Itodo
The Senate Interior Committee on Tuesday said the nation will not continue to shake hands and allow insecurity to gain ground due to staff shortages.
The chairman of the committee, Senator Shetima Kazim, said the total number of security, military, paramilitary and law enforcement personnel in Nigeria is less than five hundred thousand (500,000).
Reacting to the position of the Federation Attorney General, Mr. Dayo Apata on the proposed law to establish the Hunters Council of Nigeria, a law to establish Nigerian Peace Corps and a law to establish a Unitary Corps; Senator Kazim said it was necessary to take the security of citizenship seriously, saying the Senate would “dance around” Mr. Akpata’s suggestions to ensure that the laws are passed and passed.
“In the face of insecurity and banditry, the Bills become useful to further strengthen the existing security architecture and to provide lucrative jobs to teeming youth. When I was the governor of the state of Borno, I signed into law, a bill to establish a joint civilian task force.
“Egypt has a population of around 100 million people, but there are 2 million security guards. In Nigeria where we have about 200 million people, security personnel, both Police, Army, Immigration, etc. does not reach 500 thousand.
“By 2050, Nigeria would be the most populous black nation in the world. By 2050, Nigeria will have 450 million inhabitants, “Kazim said, stressing that the Bills are needed and will address current insecurity and unemployment issues.
He added that “the essence of government is to provide security for the lives and property of citizens.”
Although the Hunters Bill, sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South) is a new bill, the National Unity Corps Bill was tabled in the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth National Assemblies but was rejected.
The Nigerian Peace Corps bill is currently sponsored by Senator Ali Ndume as a regazetted bill, as President Muhammad Buhari denied assent after his passage in the 8th Assembly.
Speaking to reporters recently, Ndume assured Nigerians that the reintroduced Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, which is to give legal support to the current Peace Corps of Nigeria under Professor Dickson Akoh, would be approved by President Buhari as the issues raised in the first Bill they had been addressed.