The Deputy President of the Senate , Ovie Omo – Agege , has said the legislative house is not happy about the growing security challenges facing the country, leading to loss of lives and valuables in many states .
Omo – Agege met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa , Abuja , on Monday and spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting which held behind closed doors .
He said he only came to greet Buhari .
Speaking on the security issues in Nigeria , the lawmaker stated that the matter had been raised on the floor of the Senate a number of times, where the federal legislators expressed their disapproval of the current situation.
Omo – Agege added , “We have taken a position on this (insecurity ).
We are not happy like most Nigerians about what is going on in places , most especially Zamfara State.
“ We believe that the head of the security architecture in Zamfara State, being the Commissioner of Police , can do more than they have already done.
“ We are encouraging them to do that because Mr President has provided everything that ought to be given to them , everything in terms of funding received , in terms of the acquisition of the weapons that have been provided for them .
“ It is now left for them to justify the positions they hold in Zamfara and other states . ”
However , he added that the Senate would support any security initiative introduced by the executive to tackle insecurity , especially banditry , kidnapping and armed robbery.
He stated that a recent idea mentioned by Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo that the Federal Government would deploy soldiers in many locations to confront the criminals was welcomed by the Senate .
Reacting to a question on whether soldiers could be deployed, Omo – Agege said , “ Absolutely .
On a good day , it is not something we would encourage because as much as possible , you would want to keep the military in the barracks , but because of the exigencies of the moment , we have no choice but to encourage that.
“ Nigerians need to be assured of their safety at all times; that is the essence of governance as guaranteed by the constitution .
Therefore , as canvassed and indeed ordered by the Vice -President , that we have the army provide security at the checkpoints , if that will go a long way in preventing kidnapping and banditry , why not?”
… N ’ Assembly’ ll review obsolete laws , says Omo -Agege
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The Deputy President of the Senate , Ovie Omo – Agege , has said the National Assembly will focus more on reform and the review of the obsolete laws in the 1999 Constitution .
The Senator said this at the 2019 Law Week of the Abuja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association .
According to him , the obsolete laws in place since independence will be amended.
Omo – Agege said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary , Ezrel Tabiowo, the set objectives could be achieved when the three arms of government work together.
The lawmaker , who was represented at the event by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Alex Onwuadiamu , said adopting the approach would optimally guarantee improved performance by both chambers of the National Assembly.
He said it would also ensure effective oversight of ministries , departments and agencies of government .
He said , “ The National Assembly will symbiotically strengthen their separate and joint capacities to discharge their constitutional duties as one independent arm of government working in harmony with the executive and judiciary.
“ It is essential to establish a non – partisan bi – camera mechanism towards achieving a more harmonious , productive and transparent National Assembly.
“This will promote good measurement and coordination of the performance of each chamber’ s legislative, representation and oversight duties .
“ It will also guarantee the issuance of objective periodic performance measurement and coordination reports to guide the leadership of both chambers . ”
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Omo – Agege said legislative interventions by the National Assembly would look at critical areas such as elections, education , security , finance, oil and gas, manufacturing and industry , agricultural , science , communications , technology and media.
He listed other areas requiring the priority of the National Assembly as transportation , solid minerals, tourism, entertainment business , health , power, infrastructure , housing; youths, children , women , sports , maritime, judiciary , public enterprises , labour traditional institutions, inter – ethnic and inter – religious harmony and foreign affairs , among others.
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