Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has called on the National Assembly and the Federal Government to expedite actions on the recruitment of more security personnel.
According to Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, His Excellency, Sani Bello made the call when he received the Niger State caucus in the National Assembly on a visit to commiserate with the government over rising cases of banditry in the State.
The Governor expressed concern with the insecurity in the Niger State in particular and the country at large despite concerted efforts to stop it, pointing out that security agencies have been overstretched, inadequate, and absence of sufficient surveillance equipment to manage security challenges very well.
“We have been making all efforts to see that it is being curtailed but it’s been extremely difficult mostly because of manpower shortage and lack of equipment. The strength of the entire police in Niger State is just about four thousand, it used to be 14 thousand for Niger State alone. So you can see the police are overstretched and I believe even the military is the same.
“I hope we can work together to support the Federal Government so that they can do the needful of expediting actions towards recruitment of more security agents. At the same time, these days you need a lot of technology to deploy and to manage security very well. So I hope the National Assembly will support the Federal Government when it comes to the statutory budgetary provision that will provide for this equipment”, he said.
He described the visit as a sign of unity between the State government and the National Assembly members from the state adding that the secured victims are doing well and set to be reunited with their family members.
Governor Sani Bello expressed optimism that the Government Science College Kagara kidnapped victims will soon be released as efforts are being made tirelessly to that effect.
Earlier, the National Assembly members from the State led by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Abdullahi Sabi representing Niger North expressed worries over the security challenges in the state particularly in the past few days, describing it as shocking and touching thereby calling for prayers and divine intervention.
The Lawmaker said their visit is to identify with the government and people of Niger state, adding that it is a solemn period and of great shock not just for the Governor and his cabinet but the entire people of the state and the country as a whole.
“The incidences in the last few weeks have no doubt shook the foundation of the state and the period calls for prayers, it calls for very strong introspection so that we can actually identify the problems and find lasting solutions to them”, he added.
He said as representatives of the people from the state at the federal level, they have always presented insecurity cases on the floor of the House so that the federal will be aware of the happenings in the state.
The Chairman of the caucus then commended the leadership of Governor Sani Bello and his efforts towards securing the release of the 53 kidnapped passengers of the NSTA bus recently.
Among the caucus were Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Sani Musa; member representing Chanchaga Constituency, Honourable Mohammed Umar Bago; member representing Bosso/Paikoro, Honourable Shehu Bawa Beji; member representing Bosso/Paikoro Federal Constituency.
Others are members representing Shiroro/Munya/Kagara, Honourable Saidu Mohammed; member representing Edati/Lavun/Mokwa, Honourable Usman Abdullahi; member representing Agwara/Borgu, Honourable Jafaru Mohammed; member representing Agaie/Lapai, Honourable Mahmud Mohammed.