The Conference of Speakers of South West Legislatures in Nigeria has resolved to tackle the scourge of insecurity in the country through the establishment of special security offices.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, who doubles as the Chairman of Conference of Speakers of Nigeria, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa made this disclosure at the maiden parley held yesterday in Lagos.
“It is imperative to let you know that the idea to establish Special Security offices across Southwest is in the offing.
“We are opportune here today to deliberate on Southwest economic and socio-political integration for progress, we know the problems confronting us as a region which includes; kidnapping, theft, arson and herdsmen attacks on our people.
“It has reached an alarming height and we need to beef up our internal security, all stakeholders in Southwest should collaborate to find lasting solutions to the hydra-headed security problems confronting us,” Obasa said.
Meanwhile, Obasa urged the Federal Government to be proactive in securing Nigerian Nationals in South Africa against the xenophobic attacks.
“I urge the Local Government, State and Federal Government to work assiduously to stem the threat to peace.
“There should be speedy action to halt this sad development, we condemn xenophobic attacks in its entirety and we urge our citizens to give peace a chance and not to result to vandalization of their investments in Nigeria in retaliation to South African xenophobia” He noted.
Speaking with journalists after the end of the parley, the Chairman Conference of Speakers of Southwest State Legislatures, the Ondo State Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun cited the need for integration amidst the political stakeholders in the southwest to evolve even development.
“We want peace and unity in southwestern states and had a robust debate on what can move our zone forward.”
“Each of the respective Speakers has to go back to his own domain and have discussions with their Governor and meet with stakeholders to fine-tune the way forward.
On how to fund the proposed Special security offices to be established across the southwest, he noted that the Governors are ready to support security matter.
Present at the parley were; Speakers of Ogun State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, Rt.Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin of Oyo, Rt.Hon. Funminiyi Afuye of Ekiti, Rt.Hon. Timothy Owoeye of Osun, and some the principal officers of the respective state Assemblies and their Clerks.
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