Reps to convene national security summit

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday, inaugurated the Green Chamber’s Special Ad-hoc Committee on National Security.

The inauguration followed Tuesday’s resolutions of the House in which it condemned the insecurity in the country and called for a state of emergency on security.

At the inauguration of the panel, Gbajabiamila said the committee would take a holistic look at the security situation in the country with the climax of a Four- day National Security Summit in May.

The Speaker said it was the prevailing situation in the country today that made the leadership of the House to set up the special committee to tackle the situation.

Gbajabiamila said the security situation called for “a clear and urgent need to take all necessary action, across the different arms and levels of government, to articulate solutions to ensure an effective response to the challenges we face.

“At the same time, there is a need to proceed with caution and wisdom so that as we respond to existing problems, we do not further compound them or create new difficulties.

“Security, governance, and sustainable economic development are a tripod upon which a nation’s prosperity and wellbeing stand. In the absence of a national security guarantee, neither effective governance nor sustainable development can be achieved.

“The compounding negative impact of insecurity on the socio-economic fabric of the country is obvious to all and calls for targeted intervention now before the very foundations of nationhood are put at risk.

“It is in the context of these prevailing realities that the House of Representatives has appointed a Special Committee on National Security to undertake a comprehensive study of the issues and challenges of our national security from the perspective of the legislature, and recommend innovative, practical solutions that can help to relieve us of our present national security challenges.”

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