Good governance, panacea to insecurity – FCT Minister
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed in his presentation at the summit, said that improving on the provision of basic essential needs of the people, improved infrastructures and good governance will address the grievances that led to insecurity in the country.
The FCT Minister who was represented by the FCT director of security, Bashir Mohammed said:
“It is my belief that Nigeria’s security challenges both in content and context are purely internal and remedies could therefore be found through domestic efforts.
‘’In other words, the reference point should be on how to improve on the major basic areas of grievances ranging from the provision of basic essential needs of the people, improved infrastructures and good governance in general,” he said.
He noted that peace and tranquillity were the necessary ingredients for the growth and development of any nation or society and that as a measure to confront the challenges in the area, the FCT administration had placed priority on socio-economic policies necessary to alleviate problems of youth unemployment, resettlement challenges and the general welfare of the people.
The Minister disclosed that one of the ways the FCT administration was now using to tackle the problem is through the acceleration of provision of infrastructures in the existing districts, pointing out that efforts are ongoing in opening new ones with a view to decongesting the FCT for ease of security administration.
Mohammed said that it was the need to ensure a peaceful environment that made his predecessor in office to set up a joint security initiative in the area and contiguous states known as G7, explaining that ‘’the idea is to have an inter-state collaborative network for the harmonization of security strategies, exchange of information/technology and organized trailing of criminals and other syndicates.
He said that he was of the view that the outcome of the security summit would assist in finding a lasting solution to issues threatening the collective security of the country.