Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has stressed the need for the country to adopt multi-level approach in tackling security challenges, urging the government to develop enduring national security policies.
Fayemi, who spoke on Friday at a Public lecture titled: “Perspectives on Security Challenges in Nigeria from 1999 to 2019: The Way Forward,” organised by the Yoruba Tennis Club in Lagos to mark its 93rd anniversary, said it has become imperative for government to look at other mechanism in addressing insecurity in the country, in addition to military intervention.
Governor Fayemi said government must consider decentralising security and law enforcement from the federal to state and down to the community.
He added that partnership in the security sector and inter-agency collaboration must be encouraged to bring about effective policing of both land and coastal regions of the country.
He stated that the police, as the traditional and age-long security outfit, is being relegated to the background for lack of necessary tools needed to effectively carry out its duties as the friend of the masses.
On the other hand, he said the military was being elevated with provision of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
The governor called for a reform of the Nigeria Police Force in line with what is obtainable from the criminal justice system by strengthening its capacity to carry out investigations without political interference.