Before the House of Representatives are the service chiefs and Kayode Egbetokun, the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa (CEAS), Lt. General Taoreed Lagbaja (CAS), Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, and Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla (CNS) are among the service chiefs.
Around 11:26 am, they were led into the green room for the security sector debate.
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This follows the lawmakers’ criticism of the security chiefs last Thursday for sending representatives, which were turned down.
The service chiefs and IGP alternated outlining the various initiatives being made to improve the nation’s security situation before the executive session.
Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the Chief of Naval Staff, asked the National Assembly to step in and step up its surveillance to include backwaters, lakes, and other coastal areas.
If this is done, he claims, constant 24-hour surveillance will be kept on oil theft, pipeline vandalism, and illegal refining.
IGP Kayode Egbetokun described some of the force’s problems, such as a lack of patrol vehicles for police divisions, inadequate training, and poor employee welfare.
anger over being absent
At an interactive session that was supposed to take place last Thursday during plenary, the House of Representatives expressed outrage last week over the absence of the service chiefs and Egbetokun.
Instead, representatives were sent by the security chiefs.
As it had planned to do with other parts of the nation, the House had scheduled a sectoral discussion with the security chiefs the week before.
The House rejected the security heads’ representation and instead postponed the session in response to Benjamin Kalu’s constitutional point of order.
Source: Channels TV