Governors of the 36 states of the federation have complained that the additional 10,000 Nigerians approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to be recruited into the existing number of police men and women will not be enough for the kind of security challenges facing the country.
Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), who doubles as Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi told news men today, July 5, after a closed door meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja: “we (the governors) feel in our humble opinion that 10,000 policemen and women are not enough to add to the police in tackling the dearth of security agents in the country.”
He said that there is urgent need to figure out a way to increase that number, “either out of the N-Power cadets who are coming to the end of their service year having spent two years, or Youth Service Corps members, or any of the other institutions that will enable us to boost the manpower of the Nigerian police force.”
Governor Fayemi appreciated the community policing arrangement which the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had announced publicly as his own way of effective response to security challenges across the board.
He said another point he raised with President Buhari was the issue of coordination between governors and security chiefs within the six zones as well as the recruitment into the law enforcement agencies.
The Governor said that he briefed the President on the outcome of the security committee of the National Economic Council (NEC) which has just met to review concerns, issues around security and our proposed reactions on those.
“This was a meeting that had in its membership the governors from the six zones, the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Defence Staff and the National Security Adviser.
“It was the outcome of the last Economic Council meeting which focused exclusively on security; that committee has just met a couple of days ago and I was asked to brief both the Vice President who chairs the National Economic Council and the president as well on the aspect of the work of the sub-committee of NEC that will require the Commander-in-Chief’s support.”