By Dauda Iliya
The Federal government has expressed committed to addressing the menace of insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other sundry crimes bedeviling parts of the country.
Secretary to the Government of the federation, Senator George Akume stated this at a two-day stakeholders’ engagement on current security challenges in the Northeast at Multi-Purpose Hall, Government House, Maiduguri.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary Special Services office of Secretary to the Government of the federation, Mr. David Atah said the workshop was designed to chart the course for effective conflict resolution and post-conflict recovery.
He emphasized that the present administration under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu is concerned with the spate of insecurity in the county and is working assiduously to reduce the challenges to the barest minimum.
Senator Akume solicited the support of all stakeholders including traditional rulers, religious leaders and Civil Society Organizations in the ongoing kinetic and non-kinectic approaches adopted by the Military and other security agencies.
“I wish to inform you as well that the Armed Forces of Nigeria have sustained the military onslaught on armed bandits’ enclaves in the North West and North Central Geo-Political Zones, criminal elements masquerading as kidnappers across the landscape and also to separatists in the South East and parts of South South Geo-Political Zones” Akume said.
The SGF explained that the Federal Government, in collaboration with States in the North East have adopted far-reaching measures aimed at finding lasting solution to the security concerns including, procurement of additional security platforms, formation of additional military units, deployment of Task Force operations including, Operation Hadin Kai, as well as Operation Safe Corridor, to rehabilitate the repentant elements.
Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum, represented by the Head of Service, Mallam Fannami said, the workshop will create a forum to consistently review the security challenges with corresponding recommendations with a view to maintaining the trust and confidence between the Government and the communities.
He called on the stakeholders to key into the ongoing Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement initiative of the present administration, as peace has gradually returned.
Borno state Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Professor Usman Tar said, the workshop is a platform to sensitize communities in the Zone on how they can play complementary role in fighting insecurity and other vices.
The workshop has as its theme: Sustaining Post Conflict Recovery Through Effective Peace building and Reconciliation Initiative.