OrderPaperToday- The Senate ad hoc Committee on Security has recommended the scrapping of the Alimajiri system of education and the absorption of out of school children into the normal school system.

It also added that laws of the Department of State Services, National Intelligence Agency and Defence Intelligence Agency are defective amidst a culture on non-maintenance of expensive security related equipment.

This is just as it called for better inter agency relations among security agencies in the country for effective monitoring and curbing of criminal activities across the country.

The committee’s report presented by the chairman, Abdullahi Yahaya (APC, Kebbi), is, however, yet to be adopted by the chamber as the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed that some time should be given to the senators to go through the report carefully.

Recall that the committee was constituted in February following a 4-hour debate of insecurity across the country.

It also noted that the non-existence of a centralised security database for criminals also promotes insecurity in the country, while listing corruption in the form of personal enrichment, excessive use of force, slow or no response to security breaches as other contributors.

Below is a summary of the findings of the committee:

“Outdated legislations for all security institutions; ill-defined operational boundaries and overlapping jurisdictions among the security services; internal incoherence and inter-personnel conflict within the security organisation; agencies operating in isolation, inter-agency rivalry, ineffectiveness of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) due to alleged non-funding since 2015.

“Defective laws of the Department of State Services, National Intelligence Agency and Defence Intelligence Agency; general absence of performance; allegations of corruption; independent purchase of modern technology; inadequate funding; general lack of proper acquisition and maintenance culture of the expensive equipment and platforms used for defence and internal security operations.

“Prevalence of importing all the nation’s national security equipment and gadgets; absence of an effective centralised criminal database for the country; lack of comprehensive identity management data, weak communications infrastructure, reliance on the exclusive use of force in national security challenges to the exclusion of other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and strategies;

“General failure of governance to nip potential security breaches in the bud before they fester and result into serious security challenges; weakness of national information and orientation dissemination, inadequately trained security personnel.”

The recommendations were given according to bodies Concerned.

Military and Defence sub sector

The lawmakers recommended that:

– The National Assembly Committees on Defence, Army, Navy and Airforce should in concert with the Ministry of Defence should examine old Legislations and Acts of the National Assembly that give legal status to the Armed Forces.

– All joint operations should be carried out strictly in accordance with extant operational procedures provided in the Armed Forces Act; the Military should strictly stay within the limits of its constitutional provisions which determine its involvement and deployment;

– Acquisition of defence related equipment should be conducted by a Centre; Training Institutions’ curricular should be harmonised, all Military Commanders should be directly held responsible for failure to achieve operational targets; the Military should maintain proper and clear system of rewards and discipline such that there would be no discrimination or favoritism in the career management of officers and men.

– During defence or internal security operations, cash ration allowance should be discontinued in favour of 30% to 40% of basic monthly salary paid directly into the account of the officers and men involved in the operations; the National Assembly should be involved in lobbying its counterparts in the countries of the acquisition of defence equipment.

– Establishment of Industrial Complex for Research and Development and production of military related hardware, spare parts and equipment; setting up of a National Defence Fund into which all Nigerian adults and businesses should make contributions for revival and investments in our National Defence Industry.

– Welfare of all personnel, officers and men should be enhanced through effective insurance scheme, gratuity and pensions; establishment of a Department of Veteran Affairs to cater for the welfare of the discharged officers and men; employment opportunities should be provided for retired and discharged Officers and Men.”

Police

– The police needs a major reorganisation in order to bring it closer to the people and to make its operations more responsive to the security needs of the people. Police Command structure should be decentralised with operational and budgetary powers vested in the zonal commands in 36 states and the FCT.

– State Security Councils should have operational control of the police deployed to zones, states and local governments in terms of budgeting and command and operations; should have powers of recruitment; should also have integrated strike mobile squads, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and intelligence units under their control for riot control and quelling insurrection before they assume serious dimensions.

– All the Community Police formations should be recruited at the local government level, registered and supervised by the Local Police Council; the Police should be supported to create more well-armed and well trained marine Police formations, robot gun boats and personnel with specialised training to adopt to riverine and inland creeks and other water terrains.

– The State Assembly should make edict to legalise community police established at the LGA level; States and LGAs should pay the Community Police but members of the formation should be allowed part time farming and other business engagements.

– Funding of Community Police should be derived from grants appropriated from the State Assembly, given to each LGA in accordance with the size of the Community Police formation based on the budget from the LGA for them.

– In the state level, the responsibility for the Police deployed to the states should be from the Zonal Command budget for the state formations; the federal government is expected to give grants to the zonal commands; each state should appropriate funds from its assembly for the Zonal Commands, zonal Commands should have budgetary control over the Police formation up to the LGA level and prepare and defend their budget before the Police Council, at the Zonal and National Level.

Other recommendations were also made and the consideration of the report has been slated for another legislative day.

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