- The National Assembly is collaborating with the executive arm of government to establish national emergency call centre
- The move is aimed at tackling kidnappings and other forms of crimes currently facing the country
- Ahmad Lawan, Senate president, says fund for the project would be sourced outside the 2020 budget
There are plans by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to launch a national emergency call centre as part of its moves to tackle insecurity across Nigeria.
This was made known by Ahmad Lawan, president of the Senate, who said the legislative arm is in collaboration with the executive to get call centre launched.
Senator Lekan Mustapha representing Ogun East had raised a motion calling for the intervention of the nation’s security architecture to help the people of his constituency over cases of rising kidnap incidents.
Contributing to the debate, Lawan said the National Assembly was also working with security agencies to seek for a permanent solution to cases of kidnapping and general insecurity.
Lawan said the legislature would seek for alternative sources of funds for the project.
He expressed fear that security of the country cannot be possible if the agencies and government rely on the budgetary provisions for the sector alone.
“It will remain a pipe dream if we continue to ask investors to come to Nigeria; even those in Nigeria will not invest properly if the security situation remains very dicey.
“This is something that the National Assembly will have to do together with the executive arm of government. We have to look for something out of the ordinary for funding,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lawan called for the total overhauling of the current Almajiri system of education in Nigeria.
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