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Group hails PMB, MMB over sterling leadership
• Says autonomy panacea for security in North

15th Nov, 2020 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

Leadership styles of President Muhammadu Buhari and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, have been commended for purposefulness and dedication. A coalition of socio-political interest groups in the north, which specifically scored them very high on entrenchment of security in the Territory and country, called on all Nigerians to continue to support the "exemplary leaders" to deliver more.

Chairman of the group, Hon. Ahmed Aruwa, who stated this in a chat with journalists over the weekend in Abuja, expressed belief that over 65 percent issues of insecurity in the region would be tackled if local governments were properly funded and given financial autonomy to operate. Hon. Aruwa, a former Chairman, Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State, further submitted that poverty and deprivation in local communities in the north were the bane of insecurity in the region, and required urgent and decisive measures to tame them.

Aruwa stated: "If the local governments can get their monthly allocations, most of this insecurity will not even occur in the first place. I was once a local government chairman and I can tell you what goes on there. If the lowest one is not getting anything, then what do you expect? "Let the governors of our region try and give allocations to the local governments and see the wonders this will do. I assure you that in one or two months they will find that things will be very easy for them. But they are not doing that and that is why we are experiencing all these.''

He lamented: "Most local government councils are often times empty with no activities going on due to paucity of funds. We are forgetting that these people have knowledge of their environment and have the capacity to spread across the nooks and crannies, including the bushes. "I therefore plead with Mr. President to intervene. I know he has spoken about these issues before, but if the governors are not interested in financial autonomy of the local governments, then let the president bring the issue back to the National Assembly, let that arm of government get their autonomy and I assure you that 65 percent of the insecurity in the north will disappear."

Commenting on the #EndSARS protests, the group urged the youth to properly channel their demands and avoid causing hardship for other citizens or throwing the country into chaos. "I personally don't support the protests because we are now paying the price for the protest that has turned violent. We all need to understand that without all these people, the police and others there are suffering. I personally want all the security agencies to be on their duties. "However, I will advise that the security agencies fish out the bad eggs among them and also ensure thorough screening of people before enrolling them into our security apparatus to avoid these issues of brutality and assaults." The coalition focuses on promoting activities of President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.

News Update

Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari, noted this last week when FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, presented the FCT 2021 National Priority Capital Budget to the Committee.

The UN envoy who gave the commendation when he led a team on a courtesy visit to FCTA, said his organization will continue to support FCTA in its fight to ensure that the virus is kept in check.

The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners have bestowed the Envoy Extraordinary award on the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, for her meritorious service to the institute in particular and the nation at large.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has stressed the need to deploy the instrumentality of the capital market to revive the nation's economy, given the negative impact of Covid-19 and #EndSars protests on the country.


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