By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State Government has said that it spends N150 million every month on maintenance of security in the state.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello disclosed that his administration has been committing the huge amount as it’s commitment to secure lives and properties of citizens in the state.
The Governor spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Ibrahim Isah Ladan at the innaugration of a special committee of the forum of spokespersons of critical institutions in the state.
The forum is made up of spokespersons of all the security agencies including the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp in the state, the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Roads Safety Corp, (FRSC), the Fire Service, the Custom Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Association of Motor Vehicle Administration in the state.
Governor Sani Bello lamented that the use of computers and other high information technology devices have increased criminalities across the state and exposed human societies to lots of dangers by criminal elements.
He noted that the use of the cyber space to commit highly organized crimes including terrorism, cyber crime, kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery and other dangerous forms of criminalities have made maintenance of law and order a huge task for governments.
He explained that it was in view of such development that the state government has been expending huge resources to ensure that security to lives and properties was put on the front burner in view of the importance the state government attaches to security of all citizens and their belongings.
The Governor therefore tasked members of the forum to discharge their duties in disseminating relevant information that would lead to checkmating criminal activities of elements in the state.
He enjoined members of the forum help the state by contributing their quota in the fight against criminals.
He said the administration in the state had in the last two years done a lot in assisting security agencies in the state.
Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Jibrin Baba Ndace who is a member of the forum, explained that the formation of the forum was to ensure collaboration and synergy amongst information managers in critical sectors of the state.
He said the primary aim of the forum is to manage information in the state.
The state government had only last week commissioned a one stop security call centre in Minna to serve as a hub in information gathering on the activities of undesirable elements across the state.