Irked by the recurring and unabated bombings and killings in the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently consider implementing resolution of the 2014 national conference on security, which suggested ways of ending the security challenges bedevilling the country.
Deputy president of NLC and general secretary of the Textile Workers Union, Comrade Issa Aremu who was part of the national conference, gave the suggestion at the weekend in a statement he issued shortly after hosting journalists and union members to breaking of fast at his residence in Kaduna.
Aremu, who expressed sympathy with the families that lost their dear ones in all the insurgency attacks, particularly the recent bomb explosions in Zaria and other parts of the country, stressed that the resolutions of the security committee on ways of ending insecurity would certainly go along way if implemented to the later.
According to him, “Nigeria reportedly has lost as many as 15,000 lives to terrorism and as many as over one million internally displaced without an official declaration of war.
“Labour will support genuine government efforts to combat the vicious cycle of violence.”
Meanwhile, he averred that the “soft targets” of terror attack were indeed defenceless working people,‎ adding that the Zaria bombing seemed to be an orchestrated violence against workers because most victims were working people on verification exercise.
“We hereby demand that government implement the resolutions of the National Conference 2014 on national security; invite states where matters of national security challenges originate to the meeting of the National Security Council.
“Governments must also be proactive. Hold National Security Council meetings quarterly except in times of emergency.
“There should be mass sensitisation of the citizens on security awareness.
“We must implement the local government peace and security committee at the local government level.
“Membership to this committee should comprise chairman of the local government council, representative from the State Security Service, head of traditional ruler, Divisional Police Officer, DPO, representative of the State Police, military representative, Secretary to the Local Government (as secretary of the committee).
“Establish a National Border Patrol Guard, NBPG, under the Ministry of Defence to secure and protect the nation’s borders.
“Appoint the Chief of Defense Staff and Service Chiefs based on merit and seniority.
“Set up a minimum baseline for assessing the state of national security in the country.
“Equip the Armed Forces and Police adequately. Review their welfare packages including pension and gratuity.
“Deployment of members of the Armed Forces for non-combat roles should be limited to national emergencies,” NLC said.

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