Ekweremadu wants FG to decentralise policing

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, has called for decentralised policing to get the country out of its numerous security and economic challenges.
This is coming just as he also stressed the need for respect for the rule of law and to ensure inclusive governance.
Ekweremadu made call at the South East Economic and Security Summit held at the Government House in Enugu.
According to statement released by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu in Abuja on Friday, Ekweremadu said “unless we restructure our security architecture, we will continue to have problems.
“The simple suggestion is that this is the time for us to think along the path of a decentralised policing. Today, we have challenges of kidnapping, insurgency, menace by suspected herdsmen and militancy.
“All these have never been resolved by about 340,000 police officers policing about 170 million people. It does not happen anywhere in the world’’, he said.
Ekweremadu maintained that every part of Nigeria should be allowed to have the policing system that suits their needs if the nation was resolved to secure its borders.
He expressed concern about the country’s economic structure, saying, “there is no way you can run the type of economy we are running in a federal system and expect to make progress.
“The answer to it is restructuring so that every part of Nigeria will develop in accordance with its potentials, be it economic, intellectual, agricultural, or others to be able to contribute to the commonwealth.
“As long as we have a unified system of economy, it is not going to work. We must find a way of ensuring that we use our natural endowments for development’’, he said.
The deputy president of the Senate also harped on the need for rule of law.
According to him, it remains a major factor for foreign investors and protection of the rights of citizens and corporate entities.

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