25 March 2019

Nigeria: Insecurity - Pengassan Seeks More Funding for Security Agencies

Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, weekend, called for more funding and support for the nation's security agencies, insisting that no amount of resources expended in securing human lives and properties was a waste

Leaders of PENGASSAN in a communiqué at the end of their National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Lagos, warned that the recent statement credited to Zamfara State Governor that the insurgents were more equipped than the Nigerian Armed Forces should not be overlooked.

PENGASSAN' President and General Secretary, Francis Johnson and Lumumba Okugbawa, respectively, in the communiqué, stated; "NEC-in-Session demands more funding and in support of the recently released one billion dollars earmarked for fighting insurgency and the acquisition/provision of modern and sophisticated equipment for the various security agencies involved in providing adequate security for the country.

"We encourage the deployment of modern technological equipment, intelligence information gathering, in crime fighting and prevention, as no amount of resources expanded in securing human lives is a waste.

"The statement credited to Zamfara State governor to the effect that the insurgents are more equipped than the Nigerian Armed Forces should not be waved off."

NEC-in-Session, however, congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, on his re-election as President at the February 23rd presidential elections.

In the same vein, NEC-In-Session congratulated all newly elected and re-elected Governors and all incoming National and State Houses of Assembly members.

"However, NEC-In-Session demands for the immediate prosecution of all those arrested for any form of electoral offences in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and other laws of the land; while contestants who feel aggrieved should also not hesitate to approach the law courts for legal redress. NEC-In-Session also commiserates with the families of those who lost their lives during the election and appealed to the various levels of Government to ameliorate their grief.

"NEC-In-Session frowns at the introduction of the word "INCONCLUSIVE" in the lexicon of the nation's electoral process and demands it be expunged since it is not part of the Electoral Law. NEC-In-Session therefore demands the review of the Electoral Law as well as implementation of acceptable sections of the Justice Uwais led Electoral Reform Committee Report," the communiqué stated.

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