By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alamin Daggash, and billionaire industrialist, Aliko Dangote, say Nigerian security officials must be better trained and funded to combat crime across the federation.
Dagash made his views known during a parley between the National Peace Committee, NPC, and the Nigerian Guild of Editors, convened to hash out solutions to worsening state of insecurity in Nigeria.
“In those days, we used to train for something like 18 months to two years,” he said. “Today, some of these young people are trained for only six months. And I think that is inadequate.”
On his part, Dangote who is also a member of the NPC, suggested more funding for security operatives.
“There is no way for us to continue with this sort of thing while we are underfunding the police, the military,” he said. “We are also asking them to go and recruit, so when they recruit, where are they going to find the money to pay?”
The NPC is a nonprofit founded in 2014 as a response to “emerging threats occasioned by the 2015 general elections,” according to a page on its website. Its members include the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, among other eminent Nigerians.