THE Governor of Ekiti State and the Chairman of Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has stressed that the way to tackle insecurity in the nation is to recruit a large number of people to join the Police Force or the Military on short service..
While speaking at an event recently, Dr. Fayemi said; “By available statistics, we need a minimum of 200,000 personnel to boost the fighting power of our men. This number is very large and a potential financial and logistic nightmare, yet we cannot delay any further.
“The ungoverned spaces needed to be closed up quickly by motivated men with the singular objective to save the nation. That takes us to the number two issue of financing and arming large recruitment.
“With this, we can use the existing orientation camps to train willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel under a special arrangement that will be worked out.
“That way, the fund that is currently deployed to the NYSC can be used with just some additional funding, which could be sourced through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years.
“Those who cannot join the military services can serve in their community without pay if we must still retain the NYSC for everyone.
“To incentivize those who may volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honour in addition to having priority for military, paramilitary and civil or public service recruitment after service.
“We also need to encourage investment in the real sectors that can engage people and reduce unemployment, which is a major source of insecurity.”
Dr. Fayemi is optimistic that the security situation in the nation will witness a significant improvement if these measures are considered and put into place.