Insecurity: address poverty,unemployment. Fayemi urges FG

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has called on the
Federal Government to sharpen its intelligence collection and tackle
the root causes of insecurity in the country including poverty,
unemployment, under-employment and lack of adequate education.
Governor Fayemi who noted that everyone in the country is feeling the
pang of insecurity in one form of the other, said government needed to
get to the roots of the menace of insecurity nationally in a bid to
effectively address it.
Dr Fayemi stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Monday when he received members
of the Board of Trustees of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation,
led by its Chairman and former Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu
Babangida Aliyu, in his office.
The Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum said while intelligence
gathering and sharing amongst relevant security agencies was
important, addressing other sociological factors like poverty,
unemployment and lack of adequate education are critical.
He said the NGF would continue to engage the Federal Government to
ensure that the country was safe for all.
“We are all feeling the pang of insecurity in Nigeria, whatever we can
do as a nation, nobody is interested in your excuses, once you are
governor, you are in charge of the security of your people, so
whatever you can do to ensure that you deliver the goods to them in
terms of security, you have to do it.
“And we are constantly engaging the federal authority on this, that
they should ensure that we develop a framework that would sharpen
intelligence collection and also begin to address not just insecurity
but the causes of insecurity and we all know the origin and causes of
insecurity, poverty is a big issue, lack of education, lack of
employment, under-employment, all these factors are critical, so we
cannot just look at security on the surface, we must address the
sociological underpinnings of insecurity and then work out precisely
what we must do.” Governor Fayemi said.
Speaking further, the governor, who posited that education remained
the greatest antidote to poverty, said education should be refocused
at the national level due to its importance to national development.
“Education in Nigeria should be treated nationally. It requires a
national approach, it cannot just be isolated state by state, and
particularly for regulatory purpose, in terms of standard of the
curriculum and in terms of supervisory engagement. We really need to
do things that will make us appear as if cherish the importance of
education in the lives of our citizens. The governor noted.
He said his administration has done a lot to improve education in the
state including abolishing all forms of fee payment up to Senior
Secondary three, payment of running grants to schools as well as
equipping the system for better service delivery.
On the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), Dr Fayemi urged the Federal Government and
relevant stakeholders in the education sector to have an urgent
engagement with the leadership of ASUU in order to bring an end to the
current impasse.
He also urged the lecturers to look at the hardship the students and
their parents are going through in view of the strike that has kept
the students at home for over seven months.
“We need to get to a point of convergence with ASUU, but I also think
ASUU should begin to look at this from the position of their
importance. It is the students of the ordinary Nigerians who attend
the local universities. So, even if it is for the sake of ordinary
Nigerians who have children in these universities and cannot afford to
send their children to private universities or abroad.
“Whatever the areas are, we would like to engage them, not as Federal
Government but as concerned parties at the level of government who
feel that we can still work out an arrangement in which you don’t
completely dictate to your employer how he pays your salaries.
“If agreement has been entered into and if it is not going to be
honoured, you owe a duty to urge other party to review it consensually
and then come up with something that is mutually acceptable to both
sides.
Dr Fayemi said he was glad to see the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial
Foundation carrying on with the vision of the late leader and working
with the governors in Northern Nigeria particularly and across the
country in general to begin to find ways to refocus energy on
education, which is the antidote to poverty.
Earlier, Dr Babangida Aliyu had told the Governor that the Foundation
was established as an instrument for the promotion of the ideals of
Sir Ahmadu Bello and to promote the development of Northern Nigeria
which prompted the foundation to commission a research in support of
efforts to improve education in the region.
The former Governor berated the high level of out-of-school children
in the North and posited that the problem of education in the North
requires a national approach. He therefore called on the Governor in
his capacity as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to
spearhead the formation of an endowment fund to revamp education in
the North, believing that the effort would go a long way to bridge the
divide and erase some acrimonious feelings.
The former governor also urged Dr Fayemi to urgently address the
cankerworm of general insecurity, gender-based violence and education
deficit in the North urging him to also call on well-meaning
northerners and Nigerians including policy makers to have a careful
look at these issues with a view to making an adequate policies that
would take care of it.

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