Stakeholders in Edo State have commended governor Godwin Obaseki-led People Democratic Party (PDP) government recent efforts deployed at fighting the scourge of insecurity in the State.
They made the observation at a one-day Security Summit and Town Hall meeting organized by the Junior Chamber International (JCI), Benin Metro at the weekend in Benin City.
In a Communique signed by the President of the Organization, Amb. Elochukwu Umeohana at the end of the meeting, noted recent efforts of the Government at tackling insecurity; localizing security, by way of establishment of vigilante outfits, and police Constabulary, which is a among others.
It urged the State and Federal governments to move beyond rhetoric by adequately funding and mobilizing security personnel with modern gadgets, also training, and retraining of the men.
The Communiqué, admitted that the State Judicial Panel against police brutality and other related Issues, helped in dousing tension in the Country, even though it is a fact finding one in dealing with Citizens distrust.
It also highlighted the causes, solutions to insecurity in the Country, and sued for strict monitoring and evaluation of implementation of solutions proffered towards a safe society.
Top on the agenda at the meeting, is the systemic failure of the Nigeria State with crass insincerity of Government in the discharge of constitutional responsibilities by the ruling class was identified as an albatross, which the Citizens cannot be absolved of blame.
The key among the problems is moral decadence in society beginning with the family unit arising from unnecessary craze for wealth and the failure of the traditional institution to live up to its responsibilities, leading to sharp abandonment of established ways of securing the Communities in addition to a steady decline in educational standard, unemployment, inequality and pervading poverty, which account for the dwindling fortunes of the nation.
The Stakeholders also resolved that to make progress in fighting insecurity challenge, all hands must be on deck; collaborative effort of everyone and synergy was advocated, thereby making “security as everyone’s business” through robust engagement.
The Communique further re-emphasized push for Community policing going beyond operation of vigilante outfits to credible information sharing and return to African core values, effective, and
high standard and quality of education in addition to making constitutional social and economic rights as enshrines in the nation’s statutes book justiceable by the the Government.
About 800 Constabulary — a Civil, non-paramilitary (police) force, comprising police Constables, recently passed out in the State.
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