National Security Summit: Reps optimistic of implementation by the Executive

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The leadership of Nigeria’s House of Representatives has expressed optimism that the recommendations contained on the report on National Security submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari would be looked into and implemented. 

Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives said this to State House correspondence at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.

In a press release signed by Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria, the report contained far-reaching recommendations by the Special Committee on National Security, which was chaired by Gbajabiamila, on how to tackle the growing insecurity in the country.

The committee had in May held a Special Summit on National Security in Abuja, where major stakeholders x-rayed the security challenges of the country and came up with recommendations as part of the legislative interventions to address the situation.

To this, lawmakers considered and adopted the committee’s report on Tuesday during plenary before the House leadership proceeded to the Presidential Villa to submit the document to the President.

“The committee met with experts and came up with several recommendations on the legislative steps to be taken and the executive steps to be taken to address insecurity”, the speaker stated.

After submitting the report to the President, Gbajabiamila told correspondents that he believed with the calibre of people Buhari invited to attend the brief event, the report would be given adequate attention.

He said the Legislature had already done its work and passed over the remaining part to the Executive, which was expected to act expeditiously on the recommendations.

“There’s a legislative part to it, and it ends with us. In terms of the Executive, we’ve kicked the ball to them. You could see that the Service Chiefs, SGF, the Chief of Staff and the rest were all there.

“We were just coming to submit the report, but Mr President brought all his team and that alone is a sign of good faith.

“We believe that reading the report, it will be implemented”, Gbajabiamila said.

He added that, if implemented, the report would go a long way in resolving the security challenges in the country.

He added that among some of the legislative steps were the nine bills recently proposed to the House for passage, dealing with different aspects of insecurity.

The report submitted to the President has two major categories, seven recommendations for legislative actions and nineteen others for executive actions.

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