The Clerk of the National Assembly, Amos Ojo, has urged Nigerians to support security agencies in their efforts to address the security challenges plaguing the country.
He expressed concern about the escalation of growing insecurity via social media, while stressing the need to strengthen the country’s security architecture.
Ojo made that call in his opening remarks at the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung’s two-day National Security Legislative Reform Retreat for members of the Senate.
According to the NAC, the retreat was organized to address issues related to the overlapping mandates of security agencies in Nigeria.
He said, “The study conducted by KAS in 2020 found that duplication of tasks and lack of adequate coordination between security agencies often lead to conflicting views on core security issues.
“The consequences of inter-agency rivalry have profound national security implications and exacerbate the already existing security challenges facing the country.
“KAS’s findings highlighted the complexities associated with certain laws guiding the operations of security agencies, including overlapping functions, unclear delineation of functions, conflicting description of terms and guidelines for collaboration between security agencies. security.
“Also on the downside, social media has a busy day feasting on such disputes, especially inter-agency rivalry, as witnessed by security personnel resulting from the circulation of texts, d images and videos.
“It is our duty as citizens to support our security agencies and not escalate situations via social media. These counterproductive challenges require our constant attention, or may escalate.
The ANC noted that to change all existing “incongruous legislation” and make provisions that would eliminate counter-productivity and ensure inter-agency collaboration, deliberate effort and resources are needed.
He said, “Today and tomorrow have been prepared for open and frank discussions as well as concrete deliberations on all issues raised. You will see in the program that technical sessions have been scheduled for in-depth discussions on alternative strategies that would improve these bills aimed at addressing the aforementioned issues.
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