- The Nigerian Youth Parliament has hailed the Federal Government's proposed decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force
- The plan was announced by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) recently
- The youth parliament however, rejected the appointment of the Inspector General of Police as chairman of the decentralization committee
The Nigerian Youth Parliament has hailed the Federal Government's proposed decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force.
The parliament made its stance known on the proposal via its Speaker, Honourable Ayo Obe, on Saturday, August 18, on its occasion of the 2018 International Youth Day celebration, with the theme; 'Safe Spaces for Youth.'
The youth parliament however, rejected the appointment of the Inspector General of Police as chairman of the decentralization committee.
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The plan was announced by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) recently and the decentralization committee was to be headed by the IGP.
“The appointment of the IGP to serve as the chairman of the committee calls for skepticism as one cannot be a judge in his own case,” Obe said.
Speaking to NAIJ.com on the issue, Obe said: “It is a commendable one from the presidency through the acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to have made the announcement of the intention of the federal government to decentralize the police system.
“But, as good as it is, we think that it is still ambiguous, because we have not known yet, the details of it, and we don't know if its is tailored towards the former agitations of well-meaning Nigerians for state policing, so we want more youths and more stakeholders to be involved in the committee.
“And this is involving the police, and the sitting IG is the chairman of the committee, so definitely in that committee that does not really conform to what the Nigeria Police Force wants now, ill definitely be expunged or swept under the carpet, so what we need to do is to find a non-partisan arbiter to preside over this committee that will report back to the president.”
Earlier in his speech at the event, Obe said, “these times represent a challenging time of our national life as we are aware that this is as a result of the attendant consequences of lack of articulate and implementable plans for the youth.
“These bulging population and creative energies that were not properly harnessed and channeled into productive ventures have constituted majorly the crux of vices and crimes.”
He stated that the Nigerian youth constituency had lost faith and succour in government and loyalty have been significantly reduced.
He, therefore, warned that any society or nation that fails to place youth development issues as a paramount priority always live to fight endless internal battles.
“As a representative of the Nigerian youth, we renew our clamour for a proper, concise and unambiguous economic plan by the federal government of Nigeria capable of reawakening the moribund industries in our dear nation and creating an enabling environment for the establishment of more industries which will constructively engage the rising population of unemployed youths making the nation self-sustaining.
“Government should also be honest in harnessing the benefits of an effective partnership between state and non-state actors in improving every facets of our national life,” Obe said.
He admonished Nigerian youths that the task to take over the country and re-position it remains daunting, but surmountable.
He encouraged the youths not to “take the back sit in this challenging clarion call, but to creatively engage the system and get more active in governance and democratic processes,” adding that “power is taken through consistent planning and concerted efforts with an unwavering dedication, fuelled by the passion of selfless service.”
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Maikaya made the disclosure recently during an interaction with select journalists over his ambition to lead the state in 2019.
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