Some stakeholders in Badagry, Lagos State, on Sunday urged youths in the area to collaborate with security agencies for effective community policing.
They made the appeal at the 2021 International Youth Day Security Summit organised by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Badagry Federation.
The Tide source reports that the theme of the summit was “Insecurity: Effect on Food System, Human and Planetary Health.’’
Maj. Noble LongJohn, Second in Command, 243 Army Battalion, Ibereko, Badagry, who represented the Commanding Officer, Col. Nicholas Ndume, listed some of the factors responsible for insecurity.
He said they were unemployment, porous border, weak judiciary system, smuggling and bad leadership.
He said the refusal of youths to be loyal and truthful had worsened insecurity.
Maj. LongJohn appealed to youths to regard security as a collective responsibility and urged them to collaborate with security operatives for effective community policing.
In his remarks, Deputy Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Border Post, Mr Sulaiman Atega, said the service was saddled with the responsibility of revenue generation and blockage of smuggling of contraband.
He represented the Controller, Comptroller Bello Jibo, at the occasion.
Atega emphasised the need for collaboration between Customs and youths to curtail smuggling in the area.
He promised that Customs personnel would continue to improve on the rules of engagement in tackling smuggling.
Mr Sunday Adegboyega, representative of the Directorate of Security Service noted that most stakeholders in Badagry were not cooperating with security agencies in combating smuggling.
He advised youths involved in smuggling to engage in agriculture, adding that smuggling of contraband would not be tolerated by security operatives manning the borders.
On the issue of multiple checkpoints by the police, Divisional Crime Officer, Badagry Police Station, Mr Gbesu Peters, said the division had only two checkpoints in the town.
Peters said most of the police checkpoints in the area were manned by personnel from other police formations in Lagos and Abuja.
Mr Mautin Genesis, former Sole Administrator, Olorunda Local Council Development Area (LCDA), said in his remarks that there was no way to guarantee a secured environment when poverty was prevalent in the land.
Mr Genesis represented Chief Sunny Ajose, APC’s Deputy Chairman, Lagos State, at the occasion.
He charged that many security operatives at checkpoints contributed to insecurity.
He urged security agencies to train and retrain their personnel to facilitate a secure environment, noting that most of the officers at the checkpoints avoided training for monetary purpose.
Earlier, Mr Augustine Kiki, a youth leader in Badagry condemned the presence of numerous illegal checkpoints, especially by the Nigerian Police and the Customs Service.
According to him, this has further impoverished the people rather than securing them and has resulted in food insecurity and loss of youths in their prime ages.
He urged government and other stakeholders to ensure that increased premium was placed on value for lives and to also ensure the teaching of culture in schools.
In his remarks, Mr Abdul-Salam Ashade, the NYCN Coordinator, Olorunda LCDA, called on government to address current security challenges by providing employment and infrastructure at border communities.
FCTA Raids Shanties, Criminals’ Hideouts
Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Security Matters, Amb. Abu Mohammed, told newsmen in Abuja, that most of the shanties “are safe havens for miscreants, armed robbers, kidnappers and drug dealers.
“There are also security threats and environmental hazards as open defecation together with other breaches of sanitation laws coupled with the current security situation, the menace of shanties in the FCT are no longer going to be tolerated at all.
“Same applies to abandoned buildings and bushy undeveloped plots, particularly in built up areas. A ministerial taskforce charged with that responsibility conducts its activities almost on daily basis.
“This has brought sanity in many parts of the territory,” he said.
Mohammed stated that the administration was also curtailing the menace of “okada’’ riders in the city, adding “the ban on them in the municipality introduced in 2006 is still in force’’.
The minister’s aide said that the enforcement of the ban was still on and thousands of motor cycles seized were being crushed quarterly.
“You are aware that most of the riders are nuisance, causing accidents here and there, and it is the popular means of transportation for bandits and armed robbers.
“Miscreants also use it to snatch bags and other valuable from commuters.”
Similarly, Mohammed said the administration had ensured the removal of scavengers otherwise known as ‘Baban Bola’ from the streets of the FCT.
“Due to public outcry on the increasing activities of scavengers and the menace of vandalism and theft of private and public property, including critical national infrastructure, Baba Bola has been outlawed in the FCT.
“It was as a result of these efforts that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello directed all relevant Secretariat Departments and Agencies (SDAs) to work jointly and close down identified scrap markets (Panteka) where the transmission lines and other stolen infrastructure are sold.
Get Involved In Politics, NYCN Urges Youths
Adodo said at an award ceremony organised by the NYCN in Abuja that it was important for the youths to lead the change they desire in the country.
The award was to recognise the contributions of some Nigerians to youths development as part of activities to mark the International Youths Day themed, “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a world for all Ages.”
The NYCN President urged youths to focus on building partnerships for innovative leadership, economic growth and efficient security in Nigeria.
He noted that the youths were the centre of the various crises in Nigeria and across the world.
“As such, they should strive to lead in finding solutions to the security, political and economic crises.
“It is therefore critical that greater attention is paid to youth development to help them uphold the social rhythms.
“Let me salute the gallant Nigerian youths who have continued to soldier into glory not withstanding the excruciating political and socio economic conditions,” Adodo said.
He challenged the youths not to bow to the current challenges, “but work through it in partnership with Nigerians of all ages in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The NYCN President decried what he called the “systematic exclusion of young people in the critical sectors,” saying it was unacceptable.
He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for carrying the youths along in his administration, but said “more needed to be done to get things right.”
The Patron of NYCN, Dr Ibrahim Dauda said the day was to re-evaluate and renew approaches on leadership, governance and developmental strategies that will guarantee a better society.He said that youth occupy the largest demography of the global population and advised them to join political parties as well as be active players.
“Youths must seek leadership positions and serve with dignity and honour.
“The system must create friendly policies and level playing ground for youths to compete with people of all ages.
“Going by the theme of the day, it is pertinent to note that no demography can survive on its own,” Dauda said.
“There must be inter-dependence on each age bracket to build sustainable growth and maintain a progressive index.
“The place of knowledge and experience is not negotiable, the Nigerian youths must subject themselves to learning and mentorship,’’ Dauda added.
A member of the House of Representatives, Saidu Abdullahi, said that the revolution in technology had availed youths the opportunity to advance interaction and learning.
“This must be embraced to better the society other than using it in promoting crime and criminality.
“While appreciating the energies that come with youthfulness, youths must embrace leadership and must demonstrate to be worthy leaders,’’ he said.
Abdullahi, who represents Bida/Katcha/Gbako Federal Constituency in Niger urged the government should continue to create sustainable platforms.
This, he said, was to encourage infusion of the knowledge and experiences of senior citizens to help youths build carriers and exposure.
He said that this would help in bridging the gap created by age and front a renewed partnership to advance the course of humanity.
The lawmaker also urged youths in the country to ensure their votes count and good leaders were chosen in 2023.In his speech, King Hope Dan-Opunsingi, the Amayanabi of Opu Kula/Singi Ama in Rivers pledged his support to the youths at all times.
He assured them of his royal blessings, spiritual advice, financial and moral support to ensure they succeed in all endeavors.
The traditional ruler urged the youths to shun social vices, but “set goals aimed at developing themselves and moving the nation forward.”
In his remarks, National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Dayo Israel, urged youths to get involved in grassroots activities to fast track national development.
“Our level of involvement in governance should go beyond social media activities and organizing protests.
“To get involved or be carried along for leadership, you need to be patriotic, smart, determined and show your self worth,” he added.
Those honoured were Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and Dr Ramatu Aliyu of the FCT, among others.
Bureau Poised To Improve Digital Literacy In Public Service
Arabi said this during a-one day training on National Digital Transformation and Data Protection Awareness, organised by the Institute for Information Management, in Abuja, Friday.
He said that the sensitisation training would help to improve digital literacy in the country.
“The awareness campaign organised by the Institute of Information Management (IIM) Africa, is to upscale and improve the digital literacy of the Nigerian public service.
“This gesture will no doubt improve transparency and accountability in the service and assist government with right quality and calibre of public service workforce relevant in this age,’’ he said.
According to him, digital literary is critical to the growth and development of economies in developed and developing countries.
“It is also one of the most critical factors for enhancing good governance and service delivery.
“The national data transformation aims to improve the transparency, flexibility reliability and sustainability of digital services and to reduce digital service time and cost in line with the e-Govemment Master Plan,” concluded.
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