Nigerian senate president says insecurity remains country’s biggest challenge

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Nigerian Senate President Ahmed Lawan said on Tuesday that the issue of insecurity remains the biggest challenge that must be prioritized and tackled headlong by constant engagement between the executive and legislature arms of government.

In his speech delivered to welcome senators back to Abuja from their two-month annual recess, Lawan said efforts must be made to sustain the fight against insecurity by ensuring adequate funding for security agencies in the 2022 budget to be submitted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari later this month to the National Assembly for consideration.

He commended Nigerian troops for the recent success recorded in their fight against insurgency and banditry in the most populous African country, and urged them to “sustain the campaigns until the insurgents and bandits are rooted out of our country.”

“We approved the supplementary budget request of the executive in July this year, just before we proceeded for the annual summer recess. The National Assembly approved over 800 billion naira (about 1.9 billion U.S. dollars) for our security and intelligence agencies, “he said.

“While that provision was appropriate and indeed necessary, we should sustain the trajectory of increase in funds and resources for the security sector,” Lawan said.

He said the national assembly should consider a ramp-up of more resources for security agencies in the 2022 appropriation.

Nigeria, the most populous African country, has in recent months been troubled by a series of insecurity cases, including kidnapping, terrorism, banditry and piracy. Enditem

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