Calls for Decentralization of Security Apparatus
In the wake of the recent crisis in Plateau State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has donated the sum of N100 million to the victims.
Additionally, the forum has stressed the need for the decentralization of the security apparatus in the country, advocating for the establishment of state police to enhance good governance.
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, who serves as the Chairman of the Forum, presented the donation during a condolence visit to Governor Caleb Muftwang at the Government House in Jos, Plateau State.
Speaking on behalf of the PDP Governors, Mohammed praised the efforts of the security agencies but acknowledged the insufficient ratio between citizens and policing.
In support of their call for the establishment of state police, Governor Mohammed emphasized the states’ familiarity with their own territories.
He stated, “We need to get some decentralization of the security apparatus so that we can enhance good governance by having good state police. And again, that would give us the opportunity to engage the structure for the security agencies to train our youths and also make sure the rules of engagement are not abused.”
Furthermore, Governor Mohammed highlighted the importance of following established global practices and ensuring the citizens’ safety. He mentioned examples of security challenges experienced in Zamfara and Katsina, emphasizing the need for Nigerians to sleep with their eyes closed.
Expressing appreciation to Governor Muftwang for his handling of the recent crisis, Governor Mohammed assured him of the PDP governors’ support. “We will be with you to support you because we know that you are not sentimental, you don’t show any signs,” he stated.
In response, Governor Muftwang thanked the PDP governors for their support, recognizing that the challenges faced by Plateau State are not unique but rather a national issue.
He emphasized the necessity of unity and trust-building among communities to address the root causes of insecurity.
The visit also showcased the PDP’s commitment to good governance and the delivery of democratic dividends. “The PDP becomes the party to be reckoned with. And of course, being in opposition, we don’t have an option but to deliver on the dividends of democracy. That is going to be our selling point, and I believe that Nigerians have always trusted the PDP,” Governor Muftwang stated.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, Governor Fintiri of Adamawa State, and Governor Obaseki of Edo state, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State were among the governors present during the condolence visit.