TERRORISM: Ashafa Proffers Solution


It was an emotional day on the floor of the Senate as the lawmakers promoted a motion on the terrorist attack in Kaduna State on Easter Sunday.

Senator Gbenga Bariu Ashafa, a lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, spoke passionately about the present acts of terrorism that have assailed the country in recent times.

He noted that in the midst of the terror being inflicted by the consistent bombings, the federal government had overlooked the psychological trauma that the children of the unfortunate victims are experiencing.

He added that research on children that have witnessed first hand terrorist attacks caused severe psychological symptoms in them, which include but not limited to sleep disturbance, or fear of the dark, poor concentration leading to decreased school performance, increased thoughts about death and dying and an ever increasing desire to avenge the perpetrators that killed their loved ones.

He expressed serious concern that if the present acts of terror is not abated, the nation will begin to breed a hardened, emotionless generation that have no value for life.

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He suggested that the National Identification Card project should be fast-tracked and properly implemented with full biometrics while the CCTV project should be expanded to more states with Federal and State Government collaboration in order to curtail the influx of illegal aliens from neighbouring countries.

He urged that a cue should be taken from Lagos State Government which recently commissioned the Specialised Command and Control Center with modern information communication technology.

“This Centre provides an uninterrupted free line of communication with relevant emergency agencies of the state to enhance quick response in times of emergency. It also assists in providing information on transport problems, land issues, clandestine movements of criminals and their hideouts,” he said.

—Jamiu Yisa