By Samuel Ohwovoriole
Former sanator of the federal republic and member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Ayo Arise, has stated that with Nigeria’s current large population coupled with its large expanse of land; it is no longer possible for the government to solve its security challenges with moribund strategies that are over 60 years old.
Sen. Arise stated this on Saturday in Abuja during the installation of Oluwabunmi Apata as the 16th President and fund raising luncheon of Soroptimist International.
Sen. Arise said we have over grown the use of same methods we used over 60 years ago in tackling current security challenges.
He said with the current insecurity currently ravaging the country, it is clear that the old mentality and methods will no longer work for us; the earlier Nigeria adopts state police the better for us as a nation.
“We have grown beyond that; there was a time, Nigeria was under 50 million people; we cannot be using the same mentality that we were using over 60 years ago and still believe it’s the solution to new and emerging security challenges around the world.”
According to him, because of our large population of over 250 million and a very large expanse of land we definitely need state police as the task of policing the entire nation cannot be done from Abuja.
“With Our Population And Landscape there is no way we can have a huge population combined with expanse of land and dtill do things the old way. Look at Niger State, look at the boundaries we have and see how large it is and look at other states.
“You now say to yourself; how do you want somebody to be head of the security outfit for the country. And he will stay in Abuja and he will be looking at what is going on in the remotest village in either Ogoja area, Ekiti, Edo or Sokoto?” He said.
In his words, “I have been an advocate of state policing because I took my time to understand the American constitution to a large extent. So, during my time in the Senate I was an advocate of state Police.” He disclosed.
In her inaugural address, Oluwabunmi Apata, President Soroptimist International, promised to help educate the girl child and lift women out of poverty in Jahi 2 village within the Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“Women development is crucial to the growth of any nation Soroptimist as a noble club is bridging the gap and providing a platform for women entrepreneurs and professionals to synergise and enable the greater proportion of women in our society achieve their full potentials through the implementation of the 3Es (Education, Empower and Enable).
Soroptimist International (SI), is a global volunteer movement founded in 1921 with 72,000 members across 121 countries advocating for human rights and gender equality. Members are called Best Sisters (BS).
She promised to use Jahi 2 village in Abuja for all her projects, which are: payment of school fees for indigent students, secondary education scholarship for the best girl in the school, build and equip four classrooms to help decongest the current ones and others.
In addition she promised to empower the women through free vocational training on makeovers, sewing, grinding, weaving, hairdressing etc and also provide them with startup funds for their choice of vocational training and petty trading.
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