Conference of speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria has advocated the accommodation of community policing and state police in the ongoing constitution review to enable the country to effectively tackle the insecurity bedeviling it.
The speakers made the advocacy in a communique issued by its chairman and speaker Bauchi state house of assembly Abubakar Suleiman at the end of the general meeting of the conference held at Asaba, Delta state over the weekend.
According to the speakers, state police could complement the efforts of the Nigeria police and other security agencies in curbing the myriad of security challenges facing the nation.
They believe that the number of security agents at present is inadequate adding that the Nigerian police is overstretched as they battle a lot of criminals.
“The conference, again, decries the spate of insecurity in the Country; and while commending the Federal Government on its efforts at fighting the insecurity in the Country, the Conference calls on the major stakeholders to use the instrumentality of the ongoing Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to accommodate Community Policing and State Police in the country to effectively tackle the insecurity bedeviling the country.
“The conference commends the Governors that have commenced the implementation of the financial autonomy in their states while urging the other state governors to follow suite as agreed in the memorandum of action signed by all the stakeholders.
“The conference also calls on all the state Houses of assembly to pass Funds Management Bill for assent of the governors within the fourty-five (45) days window as agreed to by all the Stakeholders”. The communique reads.