By Sumaila Ogbaje / Yahaya Isah
He said his government, being youth-focused, had been able to involve young minds in decision-making on security issues.
He observed that the state faced several security challenges before he took office as governor in 2015.
He said he has assigned security roles to more than 5,000 young men and women in local governments to collaborate with security agencies and ensure adequate security in their communities.
“Some of the measures taken by the government to combat insecurity include clearing highway bushes, equipping security agencies, engaging young people in vigilance groups and incorporating hunters into a team. anti-kidnapping, ”he said.
He noted that his administration also involved citizens in the fight against insecurity through the involvement of presidents of local governments and traditional leaders in the state security apparatus.
He said his mother’s kidnapping gave him the opportunity to work hard to rid the state of all forms of crime and make it safe for citizens.
“When I took office as executive governor of Kogi, I saw it as a divine opportunity, among other things, to rid the state of all crimes and criminality.
“To achieve this goal, we have decided to take simple steps to tackle crime head-on in our society.
“Some of them are controlling freeway vegetation by clearing six feet on either side of the road across the state.
“This simple initiative has improved the visibility of travelers and eliminated the strong impulse of kidnappers who typically hammer unsuspecting travelers around highway blind spots to perform their nefarious activities,” he said.
Bello announced that the state had purchased and equipped no less than 200 security vehicles for security agencies.
He said the vehicles were strategically deployed statewide to work with citizens to tackle crime.
He also said the state has invested in the use of technology to collect intelligence statewide and to collaborate with companies responsible for the state.
Former director general of the National Institute for Political and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Professor Ahmed Danfulani, said no nation can progress where a group of individuals pose a threat to national security.
Danfulani, who spoke on “Our National Security Problems: Implications for the Current Democratic Order,” said national security success was hard to assess in a state of fear and uncertainty.
According to him, the average Nigerian has no idea what national security is and people take national issues lightly.
He called for a collective effort to promote Nigeria‘s project and promote its national security.
Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Security and Strategy Studies Dr Danladi Abdulhameed said the Global Terrorism Index for 2021 ranked Nigeria as the third most terrorized country in the world after Afghanistan and Iraq.
Abdulhameed said the classification was based on Nigeria being in a state of war against terrorism, clashes between farmers / herders, banditry and kidnappings.
He said that while terrorist attacks could occur anywhere in the world, insecurity remained the greatest threat to the nascent democracy in Nigeria.
He said that several challenges continued to besiege the democratic system of the country, such as the insecurity which claimed the lives and livelihoods of civilians, foreigners, security personnel and threatened our socio-economic entity. and politics.
“It is on this note that we at the Institute for Security and Strategic Studies pledge to protect the security of our nation so that the electorate has confidence in the emerging democracy,” he said. .
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the institute inducted Governor Yahaya Bello into the scholarship and also awarded him the 2021 Security Personality of the Year award.
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