Insecurity: We need a decentralized policing system, says Osinbajo

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has said that to handle insecurity, technology will be crucial for both smart surveillance and interception of criminals, also a decentralized policing system which have been proposed before the National Assembly.

Osinbajo who disclosed this while giving his speech at the Maiden Convocation of the Sokoto State University on Friday, shared some thoughts so that Nigerians can engage in the great work of thinking, planning ahead and proffering solutions.

According to him, “The difference between failure and success is usually planning and preparation. And it is our duty to find answers to the difficult issues which will undoubtedly impact our future as a nation. We are projected to quadruple our population at the end of the century.

“To handle this, education is important especially that of the girl child. We also need to redesign the speed, scale and quality of our educational system to allow for creativity, technology and innovation.
The importance of girl child education cannot be over emphasized”, he said.

Adding, “It has been said that each additional school year increases a woman’s earning by 20%. Women empowerment also has a trickledown effect as seen in the case of Nana Asma’u, who back in the 18th century, educated women who went on to educate and empower other women across West Africa”.

He noted that climate change threatens food and actual security by way of the farmers-herdsmen clash. “To mitigate this, we are working with state governments through the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP). Solar power as an alternative to oil and gas is also being implemented. We are working to safeguard Nigerians”, he said.

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