The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed plans to incorporate vigilante, private security guards and National Agency for Food, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) into the country’s policing system.
This is even as the party described the Nigerian security system as archaic, with a promise to redefine the policing system and recruitment process for the security agencies.
The representative of PDP, Mr Osita Chidoka stated this in Abuja yesterday at the Nigerian Political Parties Discussion Series (NPPDS), organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
The event, attended by representatives from PDP, ANRP and APC and other Nigerians was targeted at popularising security and policy priorities of political parties in the country.
He noted that within 16 years of PDP government the party increased the police force and reduced the Nigerian military, which was why President Olusegun Obasanjo retired major military officers.
Chidoka stated that the current security architecture designed for Nigeria in the 1960s is no longer tenable.
He emphasised that it would cost Nigeria about N40 million to fully kit 370, 000 policemen, saying that the Nigeria police budget of over N322 billion is less than the budget of New York city, pegged at $ 4.8 million.
In his contribution, the presidential candidate of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Mr Tope Kolade Fasua asserted that VIPs seeking the protection of two private policemen would pay N1 million monthly while his administration would charge N300, 000 for each policeman monthly.
The candidate pointed out that there are lots of opportunities in intelligence gathering adding that Boko haram insurgency is largely an intelligence issue other than procurement of arms.
He lamented that Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) saddled with the responsibility of manufacturing arms and ammunitions is moribund and needed to be repositioned, stressing that employing youths on intelligent gathering could squash insecurity.
Fasua emphasised that Nigeria’s economy is broken due to perennial issues over the decades, stating that since Nigeria is overdue for state police that he would employ about 100, 000 youths into the security network within 100 days if elected as the president of Nigeria.
On his part, the representative of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Isah Onile disclosed that the current federal government is focused on tackling insecurity, which is why it had procured the necessary equipment to that effect.
He kicked against the notion that any part of the country is under siege due to the activities of bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram, insisting that the present administration inherited poverty and has put in place social investment programmes to address the problem.
On Zamfara banditry, Onile said that the present administration is concerned about securing every part of the country, nothing that security cannot be separated from the economy.