The Secretary to the Government of Niger State, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane and a former Speaker of the State House Assembly, Honourable Isah Kawu have suggested various means to end banditry and insecurity in the country.
The duo spoke as Guest speakers at a one day symposium with the theme, “Banditry and Insecurity in Niger State”, organised by the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation held at her Auditorium of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai.
Profering some suggestions, the Alhaji Matane said strict surveillance on proliferation of weapons and border control to curtail illegal movements were necessary means to end banditry and insecurity.
He called for full deployment of ICT drones, trackers and other communication systems and establishment of conflict resolution mechanisms at community levels, among others.
Similarly, a former Speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, Honourable Isah Kawu stated that banditry has posed a lot of danger and called for geographic, military and socio-economic measures to end insecurity.
He explained that a coalition of villages, empowerment of the police and agricultural revolution were required to put an end of the present state of insecurity in the land.
The Secretary to the State Government, however, observed that persistent influx of armed bandits from neighboring states has led to raise in criminal activities in the State, adding that such have posed great danger lives and property.
In a welcome address, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu described the symposium as apt, considering the current state of insecurity in the country , and Niger State in particular.
The Vice Chancellor who was the Chief Host hoped that recommendations and suggestions profered would be published for further actions to be taken and could be used for future reference.
Speaking, the Honourable Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Professor Abubakar Baba Aliyu eulogized the organisers for coming up with the theme which he said was very timely.
The Commissioner who was the Chairman of the occasion further described the theme as a reactive, rather than proactive approach to the lingering insecurity in the country.
Also speaking, the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts, Dr. Muhammad Lawal Salawu said the fact that Niger State has it share of the insecurity in the country made it possible for knowledge to be share in that direction.
Speaking separately, the Coordinator of the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation, Dr. Sheshi Sidi and Chairman of Research, Conference and Publication Committee of the Department of History and International Studies, Associate Professor Mamman Saba Abdulkadir described insecurity in Nigeria as one that has taken a new dimension with international attention.
They noted that being a common phenomenon in Nigeria, banditry needed to be given a holistic and urgent attention to curb it to avoid anarchy and total shutdown.
Highlights of the symposium included comments, contributions and questions and answers session, as well as presentation of gifts to the invited guests by the Vice Chancellor.