House of Reps Ask FG to Stabilize Polity in South East

BY OBUTE JAMES

The House of Representatives on Thursday called the Federal Government of Nigeria to stabilize the polity in the South East region ahead of the 2023 general election.

The House resolution followed motion of urgent public importance by Hon. Dozie Ferdinand Nwankwo (APGA Anambra).

Hon. Dozie Nwankwo, representing Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency of Anambra State

Hon. Dozie Ferdinand Nwankwo in a motion said;

“The House
Acknowledges that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.

“Recalls that spirited efforts have been made by the security agencies in the South East to contain the lingering insecurity in the zone but the trend has defied these efforts and have rather escalated in most parts of the zone especially as the political activities leading to the 2023 general elections increase.

“Mindful of His Excellency, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Governor of Anambra State’s giant strides in this area and ability to reduce the activities of the Unknown Gunmen in Anambra State since assuming office through diplomatic means and other intervention strategies using part of the lean resources of the state.

“Notes that the recently concluded Party primaries further exposed the polity to the activities of the miscreants who terrorize the region, striking at will and retreating unchallenged.

“Believes that with the heightened socio-economic and political activities across the nation, commensurate measures require to be put in place to keep the polity conducive enough for the citizens to actively participate in all these activities particularly in the zone without molestations or fears.

“Worried that with the elitist crave for political power, poor responses from the security agencies to emergencies become more manifest owing to their numerous challenges.

“This cuts across the nation, the South East but more particularly in Anambra State, looking back at the not too distant period.

“Alarmed that these challenges spanning from lack of sufficient equipment, to corruption in the system, lack of strategic deployment, sabotage and betrayal are worsening the integrity and efficiency of the security agencies in the face of increased spate of banditry, kidnapping, terrorism, cultism, ritual killing and worst of all, political killings.

“Disturbed that between June 2020 – April 2022, about 8,455 people’s lives have been wasted in the zone under reference on account of insecurity and requires to be nipped in the bud.

“Also Mindful of the fact that with the heightened tempo of socio-economic and political activities, the polity must be kept safe and conducive for the citizens to freely participate in the electoral and other activities to achieve the long term result of stable polity.”

Following his prayers in the motion, the House urged the Federal Government to urgently set in motion the processes of disarming the different unlicensed persons carrying guns in the South East and other parts of the country with the aim of enthroning a safe environment and polity towards the 2023 general election and thereafter.

The House also urge the Federal Government to address some of the prominent underlying factors precipitating unrest and violence in the South East.

The Heads of Security Agencies were asked to work towards security of lives and property by embracing Early Warning and Early Response Mechanism to collaborate with local security agencies in sharing of intelligence information.

The House urged th Federal Government to urgently intervene in the rescue mission of Anambra State by extending financial support and other strategic logistics to enable it adequately contain the wave of insecurity in the State.

The House mandated the House Committee on Information and Communication Technology to liaise with the Ministry of Information & Culture and National Orientation Agency to embark on public awareness campaigns and sensitization exercises and report back to the House within 3 weeks.

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