OrderPaperToday – Service chiefs including the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Director-General (DG) of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura and representatives of the Inspector General of Police, the Comptroller-General of Customs, and Comptroller General of Immigration have cited insufficient funding as a major factor hindering performance of their duty of protecting lives and properties of citizens.

The service chiefs made their position known in a closed door meeting with Senators on Wednesday that lasted for four hours.

This demand for more funds is separate from recent controversial presidential approvals including $1billion from the Excess Crude account and another $496million for Tucano aircraft which placed the Executive and Legislature on war paths recently.

But speaking at the end of the security briefing, the Senate President revealed the outcome of the meeting, saying that the service chiefs have been mandated to present a special funding budget within two weeks as a result.

“On the whole, we decided that on our part, certain outstanding bills or protocols that need to be given a fast-track will be addressed immediately to see how they can be passed as soon as possible in order to strengthen our security architecture.

“Secondly, we all observed the funding issue and also agreed that there must be special funding. So we gave them two weeks to present their own budget on the area of special funding that we think will go a long way to improve the security situation in the country,” Saraki said.

He added that the red chamber will look into evolving legislation that will ensure better coordination among security agencies even as he promised that changes in the security situation will be noticed in the coming weeks.

The Senate spokesperson, Abdullahi Sabi, while addressing journalists at the end of the briefing, confirmed that this special funding for security agencies is separate from the $1 billion dollars withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account to fight boko haram terrorism in the North East.

He explained that the special funding will be later presented as a supplementary budget.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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