National Assembly will revisit state police, says Ekiti lawmaker

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Representative of the Ado/Irepodun/Ifelodun federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Olusola Fatoba has said the National Assembly will revisit state police as part of measures to tackle insecurity in the country.

He argued that revisiting state police has became imperative for the National Assembly so as to provide legislation that would reorder security architecture to stamp out kidnappers and bandits out of Nigeria.

He spoke yesterday at a thanksgiving service to mark his inauguration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Parish Centre, Ado-Ekiti.

Fatoba assured his constituents that he would attract federal presence in the areas of empowerment, infrastructure and jobs creation, while also partnering Governor Kayode Fayemi in those sectors.

He added that the National Assembly would do all in its powers to work with the executive through effective legislation to stamp out killings and abduction from the country.

The National Assembly and the executive are working on the issue of insecurity. Everybody is concerned and worried.

At our level, we will make laws that will put an end to kidnappings and banditry, because these affect our economy and that is why we will revisit discussion on state police by looking at it critically.

We need indigenes for effective policing of our communities, where our constituents are resident, he said.

Meanwhile, the Yoruba Youth Socio-Cultural Association (YYSA) has described Federal Government and Nigerian Governors Forum (NGFs) planned recruitment of NPower beneficiaries and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members for community policing.

National President of the group, Olalekan Hammed, disclosed this in a statement in Ibadan yesterday, saying the plan will further boost the affected youths morale in terms of nationalism and contribute to national development.

But for effective service delivery and to ensure that the NPower beneficiaries and the youth corps members are not underemployed, the Federal Government and NGF should consider giving them full time appointments.

That is the only thing that can make the community policing more efficient, effective and successful, he stated.

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