- The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) says despite huge funds for security infrastructure, it remains bothered about crimes in the country
- Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo laments that governors do not have control over the commissioners of police in their states
- The governors insist on establishment of state police in the country to tackle crimes
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) says it is bothered about the high level of crime and insecurity in the country adding that this is even despite the resources its members have invested through ‘security votes’.
Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, head of media and public affairs of the NGF, also called for the establishment of state police in the country to make the fight against insecurity effective.
The governors’ spokesperson lamented that after investing in security infrastructure in their various states, the police commissioners are not answerable to them.
Channels Television reports that Bello-Barkindo, who spoke as guest on its programme, said: “A lot of governors are frustrated with the security situations because they have no control over it, in spite of the huge resources that they invest in it.
“The governors and the kind of support that they provide to the police force that is posted to their state; I always say that one out of four vehicles you see on the road driven by policemen are bought by governors.”
Bello-Barkindo said the police commissioners are only answerable the president and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) when there is an emergency.
He said this situation makes governors frustrated just as he urged Nigerians to reduce the criticisms against at state chief executives over accountability.
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“A lot of people criticise governors for spending security votes without accountability.
“We have over time, sort to get the idea of state police so that governors would be able to approach certain emergency problem within their states with immediacy, but that has not been possible,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the NGF also warned that Nigeria as a country should get prepared for another cycle of recession by mid 2020 and the third quarter of 2021.
The forum asked state governors to work hand in hand to boost the economy in tandem with the global best practices.
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