Senator Ali Ndume, Chairman Senate Committee on Army, has said the Federal Government handles insecurity with complacency.
He stated this Wednesday, during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today. His reaction follows a comment by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that the attack on the Kaduna-Abuja rail line could have been avoided if digital security equipment were in place. Amaechi noted that his request was not met.
Ndume has, however, faulted the failure to purchase necessary surveillance security equipment and questioned why the bandits had not been tracked down.
“If you look at it deeply, there are many complacencies. You have the MTN services. These people are using phones so you can track them. With today’s technology, people are taken away, and you say you don’t know where they are. No, I mean, let’s be serious,” the lawmaker noted.
“Coming back to what the minister (Amaechi) said, I got angry. How can you put all these people — every day, an average of 1,000 are moving around — and then the ministry will ask for money to buy gadgets and drones. These are mostly off-the-shelf items.
“You can order or import them, install them immediately in two to three days. But you know what will happen in Nigeria next? They will go on TV and say we have purchased so and so, and the bandits will watch it, and they know where it will be installed.
“This system is terrible. People will frustrate with this process, and you can see the minister was angry. That means there was a lot of frustration in the process of procurement. He said it.”
“There is a bunch and a lot of kleptocracy in this system, and the government needs to do something about it”.