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ENUGU ASSEMBLY TO ALLOCATE MORE FUNDS TO BOOST SECURITY

The Enugu State House of Assembly is contemplating providing funds in this year’s budget to strengthen the state community security programme known as the Neighbourhood Watch.

The House stated this during its debate on this year’s budget estimate.

It also expressed concern about what it termed collapse of the country’s security architecture leading to wanton killing of people in various parts of the country by suspected herdsmen.

The lawmakers condemned killings in various parts of the country noting that the House could not fold its hands while Enugu State people were exposed to dangers of losing their lives and property to marauding herdsmen and their cattle.

They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the country’s security network noting that what was going on did not suggests that Governors were chief security officers of their states.

The Speaker of the House Chief Edward Ubosi, who is also the Deputy Chairman Conference of Speakers of State House of Assembly, condemned the killing of a lawmaker in Taraba State and other killings in the country.

The House observed a minute silence in honour of Nigerians killed in Benue and other parts of the country and prayed for the repose of their souls.

After that the leader of the House Chief Ikechukwu Ezugwu moved a motion for suspension of some sections of the House Standing rules to enable them to deliberate on the State’s 2018 appropriation bill presented to it by the Governor on December 28, 2018.

The Deputy Speaker, Chief Don Uzogbado, enjoined the members to give the appropriation bill accelerated passage to enable the state government to continue to provide quality services to the people.

OLIVER OSSAI

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