President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to recruit more policemen from the 774 Local Government Areas by the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, in order to improve security.
The group made the call when they were led by Sen. Ayo Fasanmi, during a visit to president Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa.
In an interview with State House correspondents after the meeting, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, who was a part of the delegation, said that the essence of the meeting was to thank the President and congratulate him on the election victory.
Tinubu further said that urgent steps were needed to stem the tide of hate speech, disharmony and various security issues in the country.
“The first step on the security of the country is to really see a way to stem any speech of hate; intolerance across the nation and look at the problem of security holistically and from the grassroots level.
“This includes the fact there is a shortage of police personnel and there is the need to look at the recruitment from 774 Local Governments and be able to effectively have information.
“It takes time to train people; you equally create employment from such action; I mean employment for the people and strengthen security intelligence from the grassroots.’’
Speaking on the Next Level-second term slogan of the APC, the former Lagos state governor noted that it was broad and comprised economy, security, infrastructure among others, and added that APC, as a party, was working for economic progress and economic diversity.
“We have various scale of thinking that the economic council will have to bring about; the infrastructural deficit; poverty, security; those are the things that we will put emphasis on.
`You know it; I know it; there is infrastructural deficit across the country and without infrastructure, you cannot galvanise the economy; you have the question of electricity that is critical to industrialisation and economic growth.
“No matter what, we have nothing but one country and that is the only way that we can stimulate growth and understanding among various nationalities; it is not by division; it is not be promoting religious conflict; religious differences.
“Nobody has control when they were born; what they will be; how they will be raised and how their fate will affect their lives and we must remove that from our political setting; set it aside, move the nation and concentrate on trust and development,’’ he said.
We Have Lifted Five Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In Three Years – FG
According to President Buhari, The President of Nigeria, His administration has been able to change the Poverty status of over five million Nigerians in the space of three years. This was possible through the introduction of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) by the federal government.
Mr Buhari said this at the opening of the Global Youth Employment Forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the forum was an opportunity for young persons to address the challenges of national economic stability.
The president’s claim came despite report by the World Poverty Clock in 2018 that Nigeria had overtaken India with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty.
According to the report released in May 2018, Nigeria now has an estimated 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared to India’s 73 million.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Mr Buhari commended the ILO for committing itself to youth employment.
He noted that the federal government had an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing demographics and the emerging world of work.
“We note at this point that the issue of youth unemployment has assumed a global significant, and on the front burner of development discourse.
“The government of Nigeria understands the need to focus attention on youth empowerment by creating the enabling environment for job opportunities and capacity building.
“The present administration from the onset, made the investment in our people, one of the key goals of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which is the national development blueprint from the period of 2017 to 2020.
“The implementation of the plan also has the flagship programme such as the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
“It has yielded some measurable outcomes in the form of increased school enrolment and the creation of more jobs.
“One of the key components of the NSIP is the N-Power programme and its sub-components has led to the creation of job opportunities in different sectors of the economy for young persons.
“For example, in the past three years, the programme has yielded over 2 million direct and indirect employment opportunities and has lifted over 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.
“In addition to this achievement, some sectors of the economy with high propensity for massive job creation and employment generation were specifically target by the government for various forms of support.”
JUST IN: Channels TV reporter hit by stray bullet Shiite protest dies
A reporter with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, who was hit by a stray bullet as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police on Monday in Abuja has died.
The Shi’ites protest turned violent on Monday in Abuja, including the environs of the Federal Secretariat.
Owolabi who is a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was reported dead during the Channels Television 10 pm news bulletin.
It was gathered that he died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
“The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.
“They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest,” part of the statement from the station reads.
More to come.