The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has said that over 30,000 insurgents and their families have so far surrendered in the ongoing kinetic security measure in the North-East.
Speaking in Kaduna on Wednesday at a two-day stakeholders’ engagement on the current security challenges in the North-West geo-political zone – Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, the SGF who was represented by the Director, Special Service, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Attah said the Federal Government is concerned with security challenges across the country.
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He however noted that the government has been working assiduously to reduce the security challenges to the barest minimum, adding that, ‘tackling insecurity is one of the three priority areas of the present administration.’
He said, “Some of the measures so far taken to address the security challenges in the country include an increase in budgetary allocation as well as shoring up the equipment holding of the military and other security agencies.
“Similarly, approval was granted for the recruitment of 10,000 police personnel for three consecutive years while their salaries have been upwardly reviewed to boost their morale, enhance productivity and elicit hard work.
“It is therefore gratifying to note that the security situation has relatively improved across all parts of the country. The insurgents in the North-East have been decimated considerably. Over 30,000 insurgents and their families have so far surrendered”, he said.
He enjoined the participating stakeholders drawn from the traditional institution, religious organisations, civil society, trade union, security personnel and other individuals and organisations whose contributions to national security have been noticed to be open to one another in their contributions within the engagement.
Mustapha stated that the engagement is part of the non-kinetic approaches to sensitize the communities on the need to collaborate with the government at all levels to tackle the menace of armed banditry and other related crimes in the North-West geo-political zone.
He then disclosed that a platform is being established in six states including Kaduna which will share credible information among stakeholders to address the issue of confidentiality associated with sharing credible information to the security agents by the civilian populace.