By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
MEMBER representing Wurno/Rabah Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Arc. Al-mustapha Ibrahim(APC-Sokoto) has joined in the call to overhaul the security apparatus in order to check the insecurity bedevilling the country.
He said Nigerians must embrace and imbibe the spirit of nationalism and patriotism in fighting the trend just as he noted corruption as a major issue responsible for the ills in the country.
He noted that the current security operational system was below standard and not proportional to the growing population.
” They are over stretched and faced with training and capacity issues to tame security challenges. The recruitment process is faulty as occasioned by gross incompetence with criminals pathing their ways into the police force”, he pointed out.
Hon. Ibrahim who spoke to reporters in Sokoto Sunday, pointed out that governmental failure at all levels, population explosion, deficit in schools facilities as well social amenities were catalyst to the security challenges.
” Government has to redefine its population management capacity and provide basic infrastructure. These are things we could not get right at the beginning.”
The lawmaker however, said ” we have taken a bold step and approach through motions to ensure the needful is done to bring an end to it. When we resume session, these would be tackled.
Hon. Ibrahim who is also the deputy House Committee Chairman on Urban Development and Rural Planning stressed that ” government has to take responsibility.”
Though, not subscribing to the establishment of a state police rather a responsive community policing approach, the lawmaker noted with concern the trend of bandits attacks in Rabah, Goronyo, Isah , Sabon Birni among other
areas in Sokoto, attributing same to the consequences of Katsina and Zamfara states experiences which necessitated he banits crosding over to Sokoto and create the ugly scenario of attacking and killing residents and subsequently return o their bases.
Arc. Ibrahim dispassionately said” if negotiating with the bandits by the government of Sokoto state as being done in Zamfara will bring lasting peace and end to the attacks, so be it.”
” Everyone has to take responsibility from the community level yo the top and Nigerians should know that no leader will want o be associated with failure that’s why there should be responsive synerg”, he urged.
On the celebrated” Ruga Settlement”, the lawmaker and a professional architect said it was a positive initiative by the government which would further ensure integration harmony and better prospects for the country.
” It will provide a platform for proper monitoring, control of movement as well check likely influx of foreigners into the territory of the country to cause security threats.”
According to him” Nigerians should have a rethink and greatfully, the federal government hid to the outcry of Nigerians and suspended the issue for further consultations.”
Commenting on the ministerial nominees, Hon. Ibrahim who is poised to give his constituency a vibrant representation that would gear them up in terms of development, described the nominees as people of high standing and competence with reputable service records.
” We are talking of next level and I am optimistic hey would make some difference by exhibiting sense of responsibility in service delivery”, he added.
On the incessant collapse of buildings, the lawmaker attributed it to failure of embracing due process by engaging professionals and qualified engineers.
” Most people in the country today employ the services of fake or quack engineers who are not professionally certified. This is why lives are being lost by the day. There is need for states to domesticate the building code laws to check and control excesses”, he observed.