Disturbed by the high rate of insecurity in the country, the Senate has urged the federal government to revive public security communications system programme piloted in Lagos and Abuja through the installation of close circuit television, CCTV, in public places.
The Upper House, which also called for the installation of metal detector scanners in strategic locations, noted that this would assist security agencies to combat terrorism in the country.
These followed a motion, “Incidents of incessant bomb attacks in public places”, last week by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso (APC Kano Central) on the floor of the Red Chamber in Abuja.
The Senate urged state and local governments, as well as their agencies to ensure that emergency exits are provided in all markets and public buildings, lamenting that Boko Haram has caused the largest global terrorist deaths.
It enjoined the federal and state governments to embark on sensitisation programme to de-radicalise and work on the mindset of the people against killing themselves for the purpose of making paradise.
Similarly, it directed the National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, and other government agencies to begin “mass media sensitisation campaign on the need for the general public to be more vigilant, as well as the kind of measures to be taken in cases of bomb attacks in public places”.
Senator Kwankwaso, while presenting the motion, had expressed concern that “Economic and Peace Institute in its Global Terrorism Index 2015 had identified Nigeria as a country that has witnessed the largest increase in terrorist deaths as Boko Haram is responsible for half of all global deaths attributed to terrorism”.
The lawmaker, while commending security agents for gallantry and the current successes achieved by the federal government towards combating terrorism, noted that many security personnel have been killed in the quest to ensure that the country is safe.
Senator Kwankwaso stressed the need for the general public to be security conscious, especially in crowded areas.
“The ability to prevent a terrorist attack does not depend on the government alone. The people need to be vigilant, look out for suspicious behaviour, vehicles and packages in and around public places,” he said.
In his contributions, Senator Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako (APC Adamawa Central) stressed the need to strengthen civilian-military relations at all levels for intelligence gathering in order to deal with terrorist activities in the country.
Also, Senators Barau Jibrin (APC Kano North), Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC Yobe Central) noted that sensitisation of the public is an important measure that could help save lives.
In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, stressed the need to de-radicalise the mindset of the people on the issues of life and security.
Commission resolves 300 cases in Akwa Ibom
Public Complaints Commission, PCC, said on Sunday that it had resolved 300 cases brought before it in Akwa Ibom State between January and November.
The State Director of the commission, Mr Philip Enyali, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Uyo.
He said the cases resolved include those on unpaid pensions, wrong termination of appointments and irregularities in promotion.
He explained that some of the resolved complaints were carried over from 2014.
Enyali also said the commission received 170 complaints from aggrieved members of the public during the period.
“We received 170 new complaints this year and have resolved a total of 300. I believe by the end of the year, we will not have more than 150 complaints that are pending,” he said.
Enyali called on residents who have complaints to avail themselves of the services rendered by the commission to resolve their differences peacefully instead of resorting to self help.
The director said the commission was established by government and had always demonstrated neutrality in the discharge of its duties.
He reassured residents that the PCC would carry out its mandate of addressing complaints on administrative injustice suffered by some employees.
Enyali, however, urged the media to assist in creating awareness on the functions of the commission to enable residents benefit from its activities.