Representatives, security, intelligence and others to assess the situation

The Committee on National Security and Intelligence of the House of Representatives is ready for a meeting with all security, intelligence, law enforcement, paramilitary and others.

The proposed security roundtable will discuss the overall state of security and intelligence in Nigeria.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Ahmed Satomi disclosed this during the panel’s workshop on Enhancing Effective Legislative Oversight of the National Security and Intelligence Sector in Nigeria, held yesterday in Abuja.

Satomi said the roundtable discussions which will be held at least once a quarter will aim at recommending practical solutions and other objectives to address the rising insecurity in the country.

He said the workshop aimed to enhance the competence or capacity of the members of this committee to exercise effective and efficient supervision when necessary.

“Some of the crucial areas to be discussed during this summit include; combating organized crime, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, cyber security, the financing of terrorism and its consequences for national security. The individuals chosen to handle each of the selected topics are likely the best in those areas in the country today.

“I am very optimistic that at the end of the workshop, the committee would have been better technically able to provide strategic oversight of some of the critical emerging challenges that have come to pose serious threats to Nigeria’s security. Such threats include cyber threats, terrorist financing etc. This is apart from the seemingly intractable challenges of organized banditry, kidnappings, separatist agitations, terrorist attacks etc.

“These challenges are not insurmountable and I want to assure Nigerians that the House of Representatives through this committee has put in place mechanisms to tackle this crime head-on and decimate it for the peace and stability of this great country.

“We have already started working with all security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies on these challenges. Some of the feedback we received from the agencies is currently being analyzed and will form the basis for the safety roundtable that we plan to hold soon,” he added.

While declaring the workshop open, Speaker Abbas Tajudeen said that despite the constitutional mandate for oversight, there are several challenges that hinder the effectiveness of legislative oversight of the national security and intelligence sector in Nigeria.

He said one of these challenges includes the limited capacity and expertise of lawmakers, as the nature of national security and intelligence operations often involves classified information, complex technologies and sensitive strategies.

Represented by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Abubakar Halims, the Speaker, said the other problem facing lawmakers in this regard is poor and inadequate funding of committee commitments.

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