National dialogue on state police holds Monday

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The House of Representatives will on Monday, hold a national dialogue on state police.

The event have in attendance Vice President Kashim Shettima, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar,  former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Gwabin Musa, Minister of Police Affairs, Sen. (Dr.) Ibrahim Geidam, and the a inspector General of Police, Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Police Force.

Others to attend are Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Kwara state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Sen. George Akume, Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio.

There will also be in attendance Clement Nwankwo of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC); Richard Montgomery, British High Commissioner to Nigeria; Annette Gunter, German Ambassador to Nigeria; and Elsie Attafuah, Country Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A statement by Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Musa Krishi, shed more light on the nature of the dialogue. It said the Speaker Tajudeen Abbas will deliver the keynote address at the event.

The statement quoted the Speaker as saying “In the area of security, the most important challenge before us is to overhaul and strengthen the security architecture to improve overall effectiveness. The proposed security summit is expected to make far-reaching recommendations and concrete areas for legislative intervention.

“Some priority legislative actions in our Agenda include improving oversight of the sector, legislating the establishment of a Security Sector Reform Commission to oversee reforms within the sector, introducing stricter penalties for misappropriation, misallocation or any form of financial malpractice within the security sector and passing the whistle-blower protection bill.”

“We are committed to strengthening inter-agency collaboration, improving intelligence sharing, and leading police reforms”.

 

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