Chairman, Police Service Commission, PSC and former Inspector General of Police, Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro has said that insecurity has slow down the pace of the national developmental efforts and initiatives in the country.
Okiro, who stated this yesterday in Abuja at the Emerging Business Destination Summit, EBDS organised by the African Legacy International, said that security is the pillar upon which every meaningful development would be achieved and sustained.
He said that Nigeria is endowed with abundant resources, adding that negligence to numerous security challenges have contributed immensely to the slow speed of development.
According to him, “Available evidence points to the fact that there are presently some quasi-military outfits in 33 out of 36 states of the federation and the FCT, Abuja. This readily suggests that our nation could be under siege so much so that the successive governments and the Nigeria Police seem no longer able to contain the rising level of insecurity in the land.”
The chairman of PSC, who mentioned some of the problems affecting the well-being of the people like communal violence, electoral violence, political assassinations, kidnappings/hostage taking, armed robbery, youth militants in the Niger Delta, oil theft, Boko Haram’ among others’ said that all these need to be addressed to enable the nation grow.
Okiro further said that out of these challenges mentioned above, only Boko Haram has been classified as a terrorist group by the United States of America, USA.
“The United States Department of Defence sees terrorism as the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear, intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or the societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious or ideological.”
Speaking at the occasion, former Minister of Education, Professor Fabian Osuji, pointed out that education is the key that unlocks the potential of the individual, group or nation for social, economic and technological development.
Osuji, therefore urged the government to invest substantial proportion of its national budgets in the provision of basic education.
Former Minister, who spoke on a theme, “education is good business” urged entrepreneurs across the country who wants to invest in private school to invest in primary and secondary levels of education.
Earlier, Chairman/Executive Director of African Legacy International, Mr. Innocent Ogu, in a welcome address urged participants to learn and explore the available opportunities at the summit to become more effective business leaders in their endeavour.
According to him, “The individuals or groups gathered here today will soon spread or metamorphose into chains, unity or associations that would tell the world that doing business in Africa is the best decision.”

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