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11042019 - INSECURITY: Senate condemns killings; insists on State Police

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4 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019 — 5 POCKET CARTOON PROTEST: Tipper drivers on protest in Kawo, Kaduna over the quit order by the Nigerian Air force, yesterday: Photo: Olu Ajayi. ong>Senateong> ong>condemnsong> ong>killingsong>; ong>insistsong> on State Police Continues from Page 1 yesterday, reiterated its call for the establishment of state police if the problem must be nipped in the bud, just as it condemned in very strong terms, the ong>killingsong> nationwide. To tackle the unfortunate occurrences, particularly in Zamfara State, the ong>Senateong> resolved to set aside N10billion in the 2019 budget as intervention fund to address the problem of insecurity in the state and cater for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, and other person’s affected by the activities of armed bandits in the state. It also called on the Federal Government to set up an ad-hoc committee to be known as Presidential Initiative on Zamfara State, PIZAMS, with a 10-year life span to manage the said fund and subsequent allocations. This is coming on a day, 33 persons were killed in three local government areas of Katsina State, 11 of them, armed bandits. This came as the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, met yesterday, to fashion out ways the Federal Government can tackle the rising insecurity in the country. Spokesman of ACF, Muhammed Biu, who confirmed the meeting to Vanguard, said that members were deeply concerned over rising insecurity in parts of the North and had taken time to fashion out an agenda to help checkmate the trend. Also, Sultan of Sokoto pledged to galvanize Northern traditional rulers to support the Police in fighting armed banditry and other crimes in the country. Similarly, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has called on the Adara and Fulani communities in Kajuru in the state to resist the temptation of retaliation against each other, saying it was not a solution to resolving their differences. However, elder statesmen, Balarabe Musa, ABC Nwosu and Chekwas Okorie, said that the ong>killingsong> in the country were avoidable, noting that government has not done enough to check the development. ong>Senateong> ong>condemnsong> increasing insecurity Resolutions of the ong>Senateong> were sequel to a motion by Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central), who said that the security in Zamfara State, had deteriorated and demands urgent national action and legislative intervention. According to him, heinous activities of different categories of mindless criminals and killers in the state such as armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers etc, were creating serious humanitarian crisis in the state that must be addressed urgently. Marafa said: “Since 2011, as a result of the unabated activities of the criminals in the state, roughly an estimated 11,000 males have been killed who left behind, average of 22,000 widows and by extension, 44,000 orphans. These figures are just by conservative estimates because the figures are far, far higher. “The bandits, especially heavily armed kidnappers operate with little or no resistance in Gusau, the capital of the state, making less than 75 per cent of people in Zamfara not to sleep in their houses.” Saraki on State Police Speaking, ong>Senateong> President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who presided said: “From the contributions we have had, I think it is key that we begin to look at the problem and longterm solutions. I think what we did on Tuesday in trying to strengthen the funding of the police and what we have before us, the Police Reform Bill, which would be laid today, the sooner we can pass that, it will help us in addressing the insecurity challenges. “But more importantly is that we must go back to what a lot of us have been advocating, that there is need for us to have state or community police. It is the way forward. Otherwise, we will continue to run into these problems. In the area of oversight, there is a lot also that we need to do to ensure that we hold the security agencies Continues on Page 41 By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou, Yinka Latona, Chiamaka Uba, Dickson Omobola&Tolulope Oke FG feeding pupils with 594 cows, 138,000 chickens, 6.8m eggs weekly (1) I am sure the funds are being siphoned by our political leaders. It could be an attempt to make us believe that they cater to the pupils which to me is not true. Often times, the food was reported to be insufficient. For instance, one egg is shared among six pupils. The large figure given by this administration is an attempt to mislead the public. Mr. Afolabi Stephen, Student The information seems not to be true. We can’t see the impact of the programme. Awolowo fed pupils in his era, and we can all testify to it because we have relatives who benefited from the feeding programme. Beyond the figures given, the policy that gave birth to the programme has to be vetted because the programme has no impact on the pupils. Miss Afolabi Olubunmi Corps member In this same country! I don’t believe what the government has said. I wouldn’t say that it is not a good programme because the education sector deserves to be prioritised by the government. In addition, the federal government should provide the infrastructure that would enhance learning rather than use this is an avenue to embezzle funds. Mr. Timileyin Animashaun Student It is quite interesting. This is just a new strategy to embezzle funds. It is laughable that the Federal Government cares about feeding the pupils when the education sector is still not where it ought to be. The focus shouldn’t be about feeding pupils but helping them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Mr. Oladimeji Olaoluwa, Musician/ Writer I don’t think the feeding programme would add to the knowledge of the pupils. Their classrooms are not conducive for learning, while most of their teachers are not qualified. Primary school teachers are not even paid as at when due. Why the need to spend so much on food while neglecting the primary assignment of imparting knowledge? Mr. Jerry Makinwa Economist If this claim is true, I think it is a good programme. I would suggest that a committee is set up to monitor the people in charge of the feeding programme so that everything will go as planned. Without proper monitoring, the funds for the programme would be embezzled. Mr. Ige Oluwabukunmi Student

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