The federal government has continued to search for an appropriate national policy on public safety and security in a bid to develop a framework for implementation.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, Monday in Abuja, at the opening of the Stakeholders Consultative Forum on the Development of a National Policy on Public Safety and Security, said the search for a national strategy was based on the urgent need to close the gap in policy and processes that the nonexistence has created over time.
He noted that when this policy is developed, it would evolve “specific roles and responsibility of the individuals, communities, relevant agencies and the various tiers of government in ensuring peace and security in our society based on international best practices.
“Nobody can use politics to disintegrate Nigeria.”
According to the minister, the workshop is one of those planned in search for an “enduring workable and robust national policy on public safety and security that will be a guide and a path towards ensuring the provision of enduring policy on public safety and security in Nigeria.”
Olubolade added that it would provide an overall framework for implementation and delineation of roles of various stakeholders involved in public safety and security.
Professor of Criminology at the University of Abuja, Femi Odekunle, who delivered the lead paper at the forum, said the matter of public safety must be looked at beyond the “legally assigned functions of the Police and other internal security agencies.”
He said the existence of crime in the society over the decades had exposed the country to an unprecedented security risk to itself and the citizens, resulting in invaluable socio economic loss and the serious depletion of the quantum and quality of safety in the country.
Meanwhile, the Ona of Abaji and Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Traditional Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, has called on the federal government to include public safety in the country’s education course outline beginning from primary to tertiary education in order to inculcate it into the character of the Nigerian youths.
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