All Progressives Congress (APC) leader Dr. Khalifa Abdulrahman Okene has advised people to drop their calls for the country’s Constitution to include state police.
He stated this yesterday in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
According to him, creating state police at this point in the economy’s downturn would stretch the country’s limited resources and, given the link between economic hardship and crime, be ultimately unproductive.
In order to keep up with international crime prevention trends and burst, Okene advised the government to prioritise funding and equipping the nation’s current enforcement structure.
He says, “The central police force is okay for all of us. But, let them be well equipped. It is already in itself decentralised. As a state, you have a commissioner of police who is in charge of security within the territory.
“Commissioner of Police is like state police for you; he is working in the state and advising the governor on security. If all the existing police are well funded and equipped, what is the problem? What are we agitating for? What are you restructuring?”
The head of the APC pleaded with the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to agree to terminate the ongoing university strike.
He urged the two to carry on their discussions to resolve the conflict permanently.
Khalifa Okene lamented the possibility that the labour conflict in the education industry will exacerbate social vices and criminality while also undermining attempts to improve the country’s human capital.
In light of the numerous issues the Nigerian educational system faces, he recommended that Nigerians choose leaders who can improve the system, regardless of their faith or creed.
However, he asserted that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC’s presidential nominee, could restore Nigeria’s lost glory in the area of education and restore confidence in the Nigeria project.