Against the backdrop of unabated security challenge in the country, the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has advocated for a long term strategic funding regime for the Nigerian Police and other security agencies through funds from the capital or Bond market in order to make them better equipped to confront the spate of violence in parts of the country.
Speaking to journalists in Ilorin on Tuesday, Governor Ahmed said to overcome the ever increasing security threats facing the nation, the federal government must raise the necessary fund from the capital market in order to accomplish what would have ordinarily taken more than five decades within a maximum period of a year.
Governor Ahmed, who raised concern over the persisting insecurity in the country, noted that, there is an urgent need to adopt a long term investment approach in strengthening the security sector.
The Governor attributed the slow pace in the performance of men of the Nigeria Police to the lack of modern fighting equipment capable of combating crimes and criminality in the country.
According to the governor “Nigeria is blessed with formidable and dedicated security personnel whose zeal and ability to perform is often hindered by lack of sophisticated equipment and poor remuneration”.
The governor further stated that, “Security issue is a lifelong affair and must be given long term investment approach only if our yearnings and aspirations for our dear nation are to be adequately achieved.
He observed that working tools, adequate motivation and conducive working environments of personnel who are charged with the sole function of ensuring peaceful co-existence in the country, must commensurate with the terms of service as embedded in the nation’s constitution and the various acts that gave birth to their existence.
Governor Ahmed therefore urged Nigerians to be law abiding and dedicated to duties as government is doing everything within its reach to ensure the restoration of peace and tranquillity into the nation.