Reps to revisit report of 9th House Special Committee on Security

Elizabeth AtimeNovember 7, 20233 min

The Special Committee on National Security of the 9th House collaborated with relevant security agencies to analyze the root causes of security challenges in the country and propose actionable solutions.

The House of Representatives has resolved to revisit the report of the 9th House of Representatives Special Committee on National Security, review the document, and consider its recommendations.

This is even as it called for necessary actions for the full implementation of its recommendations by the executive.

It also resolved to engage the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in the redevelopment of the nation’s security measures and make it an integral part of the solution.

These resolutions are contained in a motion on the “Need to Revisit and Adopt the Reports of the 9th House of Representatives Special Committee on Security” brought by Rep. Abdussamad Dasuki (PDP, Sokoto) on Tuesday.

Dasuki noted that Nigeria faces numerous security challenges, including insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, communal clashes, cybercrime, and general criminal activities affecting all regions and citizens’ lives.

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He recalled that the 9th House of Representatives established a Special Committee on National Security on March 17, 2021, to address the severe deterioration in the nation’s security, adding that the committee comprised experienced lawmakers and experts in the field who worked closely with security-related agencies to analyze the root causes of these challenges and propose actionable solutions.

The lawmaker also revealed that the Committee’s findings highlighted Nigeria’s security challenges, including non-kinetic strategies, overlapping security institutions, professionalism issues, state-based militias, regional collaboration difficulties, ethnic and religious tensions, poor border control, corruption, and environmental issues.

Contributing to the motion, Rep. Ahmed Jaha (APC, Borno) lamented that despite the huge amount of money budgeted for security, insecurity remains a challenge.

“Despite millions of dollars being spent on security annually, not much has been achieved. So I urge that we look inward by doing our oversight properly for Nigeria to be out of this quagmire.”

On his part, the Minority Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) noted that “revisiting the report of the previous assembly is not out of place considering that so much was spent in organising that submit.” 

In adopting the motion, the House also resolved to review the welfare of members of the armed forces and paramilitary organizations.

Elizabeth Atime

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