Reconsider your stance on state police, group tells Nigerian government

Group says government has not done enough to tackle terrorism.

A group, Grand Alliance of Political Associations, GAPAN, on Tuesday, asked the Federal Government to reconsider its stand on the issue of state police as a way of addressing the current security situation in the country.

Stating that the government is not doing enough to address the deteriorating security situation, GAPAN also said that in the alternative, it should consider reviving the Native Authority Security and Juridical Systems.

The system enabled traditional rulers to monitor crimes, prevent criminals and enforce laws and justice at the grassroots level.

The association stated this in a communiqué jointly signed by the chairman of its Steering Committee, Sam Onimisi, and four others, after its meeting in Abuja.

“GAPAN noted the efforts being made by the Federal Government to contain the activities of kidnappers and terrorists and urge the government to do more or change its strategy and tactics in order to be more effective in the fight against terror attacks,” the communiqué said.

The group said it believes that the poor state of internal security is already taking its toll on other sectors of the polity and the economy, and it is high time something drastic or innovative was done to stem the tide.

“GAPAN urges the Federal Government to reconsider its stand on the issue of State Police, and or the revival of the Native Authority Security and Juridical Systems which enabled traditional rulers to monitor crimes, prevent criminals and enforce laws and justice at grass-roots level.”

The association said that following the nation-wide flood of 2012, during which many farm lands and food crops were destroyed thus resulting in high deficit in food supply, Nigerians are suffering from the exorbitant staple food prices while there is looming dangers of hunger and malnutrition.

It, therefore, urged the Federal Government to take urgent and necessary action to cushion the effects on the people.

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The association also called on the government to inform the people on whatever steps it is taking to curb the menace of floods and their consequences now that it has been anticipated that the 2013 rainfall and flood would be more devastating than those of last year.

GAPAN acknowledged government’s efforts in the power sector and advised that the severance benefits of the disengaged PHCN workers should be paid without further delay.

“This is to ensure that non-payment will not result in disruption of smooth transfer of authority, facilities or equipment to the new private power companies,” the communiqué added.

On corruption, the association urged both the federal and state governments to intensify efforts at combating menace in all ramifications, stressing that “the present efforts at fighting financial crimes are noted but fell far below the all-out battle needed to curb economic and financial crimes.”

The association also noted that the greater plague of corruption lies in the sphere of political corruption which involves executive impunity, elimination by substitution and falsification of electoral results.

It stated that “it is our opinion that political corruption is the mother of economic and financial crimes. We call on all tiers of governments to focus on these areas of corruption in the interest of peace and progress of our Country.”

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