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Senate president says ‘Military needs more funds to tackle insecurity’

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has again lamented the growing insecurity in the country.

He said the biggest challenge that the Federal Government must prioritise and tackle at the moment with constant engagement with the legislature was the menace of insecurity.

Lawan stated this on Tuesday while welcoming senators back from their two-month annual recess.

He stated, “Let me applaud and commend our gallant armed forces for the recent success recorded in their fight against insurgency and banditry in our country.

“I want to urge them to sustain the campaign until the insurgents and bandits are rooted out of our country.

“We approved the supplementary budget request of the Executive in July this year, just before we proceeded for the annual summer recess.”

The Senate President added, “The National Assembly approved over N800bn for our security and intelligence agencies.

“While that provision was appropriate and indeed necessary, we should sustain the trajectory of increase in funds and resources for the security sector.

“Therefore, we should consider a ramp up of more resources for our security agencies in the 2022 appropriation bill.

“This also requires that our defence and intelligence related committees must step up their oversight on the agencies.”

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