The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom through a paper to the Federal Government, has proposed that licenses be granted to all responsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons such as AK-47. He claims this is part of measures to curtail the state of insecurity in the country.
The proposal was contained in a statement presented by the Governor’s Chief Press secretary, Terver Akase, on Wednesday. The statement was titled, ‘National Security: Governor Ortom Proposes The Way Forward’.
In addition to the charge, the Governor also emphasized that the policy, if adopted, should be backed by a strict legal framework to prevent illegal possession of arms by citizenry without exception.
The paper contained other submissions including Ortom’s recommendation for adequate funding of security agencies. He believes that funding and continuous training of the Security Personnel will enable them to keep abreast of global trends in the fight against insurgency.
He further stated in the paper, his opinion on the issue of animal husbandry. He said it is vital for the apex Government to legislate an act to end open grazing.
He encouraged the Nigerian government to embrace ranching since it remains the best practice of animal husbandry.
Also reflected in the statement was Ortom’s advocations on improved educational standards. He prioritized enhanced public enlightenment campaigns to give citizens, especially youths the required orientation to desist from destructive acts and become more patriotic.
The title of the paper summarized the current state of affairs in the country. Ortom said governments at various levels must understand that the current insecurity in the country is a real threat to the advancement of the country. In the paper, He encouraged them to develop a willingness to tackle the menace seriously.
The paper titled ‘Insecurity and Governance Challenges in the New Normal’ was presented in a virtual meeting convened by the Centre for Values in Leadership, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
Governor Ortom suggested that more job opportunities be created to pull Nigerian youths from the streets. He called for the repositioning of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, through training, funding, and logistics. He believes this will successfully confront drug barons and peddlers; an action that would impede the circulation of illegal drugs in the country.
The Governor reiterated the significant contributions of the state towards national development. He added that there will be a huge negative impact on the country if the state is threatened by insecurity.
He guaranteed the resolution of his government to ensure the protection of lives and properties while appealing to stakeholders to support the ongoing tackle of insecurity.