President Muhammadu Buhari the day past met in the back of closed doorways with state Governors and Heads of Protection groups at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari (middle) flanked by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (left); Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi (right) and other governors during the President’s meeting with the Governors and Service Chiefs on security matters at the State House, Abuja…yesterday
The meeting, it was learnt, used to be in connection with the prevailing safety situation, amongst other problems besetting the country.
The parley, which started out round 11.01am when the President arrived the Council Chamber venue, was once also attended by some of the instant previous country governors of all the political parties.
Thirty-five country governors were at the meeting, with Benue represented via the Deputy Governor, as nicely as the immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari.
The governors, underneath the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), also yesterday, stated they had not taken a frequent function on the setting up of State Police in the country.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, made the clarification whilst fielding questions from State House Correspondents after an multiplied meeting with the President and heads of the protection groups at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Fayemi, who was once joined with the aid of six of his colleagues from the six geo-political zones, cited that whilst some governors were for State Police because of the bizarre protection challenges dealing with their states, others felt it was once now not necessary.
He stated the NGF would soon take a common role on the count number at some stage in the coming near near National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, adding: “The function of NGF on that is that we have now not taken role due to the fact experiences vary.
“There are governors and states where their experience does not necessarily require a more evolved policing of the states. There are also states where there are agitations for it. There are governors who have the view that that will work better in such states.
“And of course, there are economic issues relating to that. So, we lack the capacity at the state level to fund state policing, those are all issues that will come in to play when we get to the National Economic Council meeting that has been called, particularly because there is a committee that is looking into it after the submission of the report on SARS. So, we will take all of these together.”
He unveiled that the $1billion endorsed from the Excess Crude Account to battle instability had been dispensed among the security heads, taking note of, in any case, that the sum was insufficient to frontally address the heap of security difficulties plaguing the nation.
Revealing more insight into the issue, Fayemi stated:
“$1 billion may seem like a huge amount of money, and it is a huge amount of money, but when you are dealing with security issues, where a Tucano jet costs over $50million and you are getting about 20, you know how much that is already.
“I am not giving you specific details of how that money was expended, we will be happy to do that, but we feel that that is really not a matter for us as governors. Yes, we were supportive of it, because our position has always been that whatever is required by the Commander-in-Chief to resolve security challenges in Nigeria, we will line up behind him and support him. Of course, yes, we demand accountability.
“We will like to assure you that the $1billion taken was definitely expanded among the various security services, but the details, I cannot give you on top of my head, because I wasn’t expecting you to ask that question.”
The NGF administrator, who said the gathering was at the occasion of the governors, said it managed them the chance to conceptualize on wide-extending issues of frailty, including grabbing, furnished burglary, insurrection and militancy, among others.