By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed has observed that the coming together from various government’s organizations and other African countries of members of syndicate 4 of the National Institute of Peace and Security Studies is a sign that Nigeria’s security infrastructure is becoming very formidable.
The Governor also described the course members coming together into the institute as a reinforcement of knowledge and best practice in a manner that there would be two-way traffic between the security agencies and the people towards making governance much better.
Receiving the syndicate members selected from 26 agencies, the governor noted that their selection is an attestation of the confidence reposed in them to look around and have touches and feelings of the happenings outside the institute’s environs.
He told the security chiefs ranking in positions of directors and above that Bauchi was within a zone that is pervasive in terms of security, coupled with banditry and other security issues that always keep the operatives on their toes.
The Governor explained that the problem of Bauchi is compounded by demographics, migration and immigration with people from centres devastated by insecurity moving in mass into the state thereby raising the population from the official record of 6.5 million to about ten million.
This population outburst, according to him, coupled with highest number of out of school in the state, has overstretched security agencies and created infrastructural and service gaps such as in health, education and transportation, amidst high expectation from the polity.
He also spoke of massive unemployment and youth restiveness which also tend to overstretched services, while peculiarities and characteristics of the influx has made it difficult to disparate those from Bauchi and other places.
Senator Bala Mohammed said however that the government has established stake-holding where it collaboratively with security agencies engages the traditional institutions, emirates, districts, villages and hamlets in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation to know happenings everywhere across the state.
Additionally, he said, “We are happy that we established a robust joint security operation which we fund every month to make sure that the security operatives are always on their toes, going round the Local Government Areas, especially the vulnerable ones such as Toro, Ningi, Tafawa Balewa and Alkaleri”.
Governor Bala described Bauchi as a gateway to the Northeast and North Central bordering about seven states with each having its own level of security, problems and challenges all passing through Bauchi state.
He said, “So we are very conscious if there is religious or ethnic tension in our neighbouring states where Bauchi will receive barrels of people that are running away from their various abodes”.
It is for this reason, the governor said, that Bauchi state become a sanctuary for everybody, not because of what it is doing to the inflows, but the relative peace which even the criminals need to enjoy.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the syndicate, Mrs. Emiloye Oyeyele said that members of the Syndicate 4 are currently undergoing a ten months course of the institute leading to the award of a fellow (FSR).
Mrs. Oyeyele explained that the purpose of their visit was to tap from the Governor Bala Mohammed wealth of experience in governance, particularly how he manages the security challenges in the state in achieving developmental goals.