Constitution Amendment: Gov Umahi makes case for state police

By AdvocateNews on 02/06/2021

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Governor David Umahi
Governor David Umahi

As the National Assembly begins the process of constitutional amendment, Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State has called for the establishment of state police to contain the deteriorating security situation in the country.

He made the call while declaring open the 2nd day of the Zonal public hearing of the House of Representatives Special Committee on the  Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria held in Enugu.

The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor Dr Kelechi Igwe noted that the Federal police currently can nolonger secure the lives and property of Nigerians. "states should be allowed to evolve a peculiar policing system that will guarantee the security of lives and property of their citizens" . The Governor opined.

The Governor lamented that the present security situation in South East has discouraged indigens from  investing in the zone, and challenged the people of the zone not to allow their business environment to be further eroded by worsening state of anarchy.

Governor Umahi also used the occasion to ask for devolution of powers to allot more powers to States and Local Government councils so as to give Federal Government more opportunities to play supervisory roles.

While canvasing for  equity and fairness, the Governor insisted that Ndigbo Should be given a level playing field to enable them excel. " We want to be given a sense of belonging and to be shown in practice that no part of Nigeria is more Nigerian than Ndigbo, who have their greatest investments outside their homestead" 

The chairman of the committee, Mr Toby Okechukwu explained that' the exercise was organised to collect views and ensure they are  reflected in the process of the constitutional amendment. 

Posted 02/06/2021 8:36:08 PM

 

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