The speakers of the 36 states houses of assembly in Nigeria are currently meeting in Katsina State for the third quarter general meeting of the cConference of Speakers with the theme: The menace of insecurity in the country and the role of the state House of Assembly to restore peace and order.
Chairman of the Conference of Speakers, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman, while speaking at the event, said the meeting was necessitated by the insecurity challenges in the country to enable the 36 states speakers deliberate and find a lasting solution to the security challenges bedeviling the country.
“We have convened this meeting to discuss and proffer solutions to this problem within our constitutional mandate and we hope legislative frameworks at the sub-national level adopted will go a long way to complement the efforts of the federal government to check insecurity in the country.”
Hon. Suleiman also noted that the insecurity situation in the country is not only affecting the economic and developmental growth of the nation but also its peace and unity. Thus, the need to take decisive action to end the nightmare once and for all.
His words, “Insecurity in our country today has assumed a disturbing dimension, constituting a serious threat not only to the development and economic growth of the country but also to our peace and unity.
“This is the time, therefore, that all hands must be on deck to fight the menace of insecurity for the good of our nation. As representatives of the people at the grassroots, we are indeed worried and disturbed by the negative trend of the menace of insecurity in the nation,” Hon. Suleiman said
The Conference of Speakers Chairman also called on the governors of the 36 states of the federation to grant financial autonomy to both the state Houses of Assembly and the judicial arm of government to help forestall good governance in the country.
Meanwhile, the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, while speaking at the event, urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on the insecurity challenges bedeviling the nation.
Governor Masari expressed optimism that opting for a state of emergency on security would tackle the security challenges bedeviling the county.
The Katsina Governor, who commended the efforts of the security agencies to end the ugly trend, however, said much more still needed to be done to end the carnage.
“In Katsina State, our major problem is the security challenges we are facing in some parts of the state but with support from the state House of Assembly, some legal frameworks were put in place while the existing ones were restructured in order to address the security challenges.
“I wish to call on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security in order to bring an end to the loss of lives and property across the state.
“Security agencies are putting in their best to address the security issues across the country but more has to be done to curtail the activities of bandits, cattle rustlers, insurgents and other criminal elements across the country,” Governor Masari said.