In a communiqué issued in the early hours of Monday, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) says the creation of state police and a special intervention fund for states will help to combat the rising insecurity in the country.
The communiqué, which was read by Governor Chibuike Amechi of Rivers, the Chairman of the forum, said that the forum was committed to convening a governors` forum conference on security in the country.
“State governments are currently overstretched in funding security, so, a special intervention fund from the Federal Government, especially to states that are mostly affected is needed.”
The communiqué condemned the current spate of insecurity and violence in the country and called for a multi-dimensional approach in tackling the problem.
It stressed the need for enhanced coordination and collaboration among security forces, effective use of technology and intelligence, value orientation and sincerity of purpose.
Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, said that the perception that governors had not been in the forefront of discussions on how to address the country’s security challenges was wrong.
“It is not that we are not talking, we are talking individually. We may not have talked as a forum collectively but our chairman has been engaged fully in this matter.
“Beyond partisan affiliations, we all must work with the President to ensure that we rescue the country from every impending doom that might arise as a result of insecurity that is raging all over the country.”