Nigeria Senate considering special funding for military over insecurity
File: Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki with service chiefs in 2016
Abuja, May 23, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria Senate has observed the issue of underfunding of security agencies and agreed to the need for special funding for them to enable them carry out their mandates.
President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki stated this after a closed door session with the nation’s Security chiefs.
The Senate in a closed session had received briefs from the Chief of Defence Staff, the Director General of the Department of State Services, representatives of the Comptroller General of Immigration, Inspector General of Police and the Comptroller General of Customs on the proliferation of dangerous arms, spate of killings and kidnappings by hoodlums across the country.
At the said meeting, the security chiefs answered questions from Senators bothering on security, insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping and other national security matters.
Saraki said: “On the whole, we decided that on our part, certain outstanding bills or protocols that needed to be fast-tracked , be addressed immediately to see that they are passed as soon as possible in order to strengthen the nation’s security architecture.
“Secondly, the Senate observed the issue of underfunding of security agencies and agreed that there is need for special funding for them to be able to carry out their mandates. Therefore, we gave the security chiefs two weeks to present their own budget on this area of special funding to the National Assembly which we think will go a long way in improving the security situation in the country.
“Our great concern also was the issue of coordination among the security agencies and on this note, we resolved to find ways to strengthen that aspect of security through constitutional means.
“By and large, we all are committed to ensure that these unfortunate trend of killings are brought to end. We all agreed to continue to work very closely in order to address this issues of insecurity and we are confident that things will improve in this area.
“The Senate has its role to play and the security agencies are also committed to play their own role.
“We hope that over the next couple of weeks, we will begin to take action on some of these things for which we have made commitments”.