The state governors have advised the Federal Government to recruit more police officers with the new 10,000 recruited to tackle the country’s insecurity.
Dr Kayode Fayemi, the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and the present Ekiti state Governor, disclosed this at the end of a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the statehouse in Abuja on Friday.
He said that he told the president on the results of the security committee of the National Economic Council that the committee reviewed security issues confronting the country.
According to the chairman, the Federal Government and Nigeria Governors Forum have proposed to recruit N-Power cadets whose two years service will come to an end or youth corp members or any of the institutions to boost the Nigerian Police Force.
He further said that 10,000 recruitment wouldn’t be sufficient to tackle the insecurity.
” As you may be aware, certain recruitments are going on now, particularly with regard to the police.
” But, we feel in our humble opinion that 10,000 men and women are not enough to add to the police in tackling the dearth of security agents in the country.
” That we will have to figure out a way to increase that number either out of the NPower cadets who are coming to the end of their service year having spent two years or youth service corps members or any of the other institutions that will enable us to boost the manpower of the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.
Fayemi revealed that Buhari expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the governors to tackle the security challenges in their respective states.
The governor said:” He (President Buhari) commended the National Economic Council (NEC) for paying special attention to security and he also urged the NEC committee to work with the security chiefs who have already briefed him during the security meeting yesterday (Thursday).
“Mr President also said that jointly we should work out the detailed modalities for the suggested date so that it can be drafted into a plan of action.”