Nigeria's current security architecture has failed - NLC

Nigeria's current security architecture has failed - NLC

- Federal government has been urged by the NLC to urgently rejig the security architecture, structure, and management in the country

- NLC said non-payment of salaries by state governments has been largely responsible for the increase in armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes

- Workers, were however, informed that the agitation for a new national minimum wage is over

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday, April 25, disclosed that the current security structure in the country has failed, demanding a new approach from President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nation reports that the congress said non-payment of salaries by state government has been largely responsible for the increase in armed robbery, kidnapping and other vices.

In his message to state delegates Conference of the Congress, president of the congress, Ayuba Wabba, said there is hardly any day that passes without one incident of armed robbery, kidnap for ransom, militancy or terrorism attack making headlines.

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He said: “We are all witnesses to the waves of bloodbath and brigandage surfing across our country. There is hardly any day that passes without one incident of armed robbery, kidnap for ransom, militancy or terrorism attack making headlines. We call on government at both federal and state levels to urgently rejig our security architecture, structure, and management.

“Clearly, the current approach has failed. We also call for a robust and sustainable response to renewed security challenges in our country even if that means an increase in the budget for internal security so long it is judiciously and transparently used.

"The political arena offers one of the most effective spaces for tackling almost all the challenges that we have already highlighted to bring about socio-economic transformation. Unfortunately, the conduct of the last general election left a lot of sour taste in the mouth.

"Incidences of hate speech, vote buying, ballot box snatching, abuse of provisions for manual accreditation, logistics tardiness, isolated cases of violence, and a spate of inconclusive elections trailed the 2019 general polls.

“These electoral infractions did not only erode some of the grounds won as a result of the push by the NLC and its allies during the 2007-2011 campaign for electoral reform in Nigeria but also presented new threats to efforts to consolidate and deepen our democracy."

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According to him, the chaos in the electoral space is only symptomatic of the crises of governance bedeviling the country.

"We cannot lament forever. The onus is on us as the working class to recover the political initiative through the reactivation and repositioning of the Labour Party," he added.

Wabba also informed workers that now that the agitation for a new national minimum wage was over, workers should be conscious of the fact the minimum wage is not a gift to them from the government, insisting however that employers of labour should immediately commence the implementation.

Legit.ng previously reported that the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) lauded President Buhari for signing the N30,000 minimum wage bill into law.

Peter Ozo-Eson, general secretary, NLC, and Bobboi Kaigama, the president of TUC in separate interviews on Friday, April 19, in Abuja, described the action as laudable.

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