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  • Community policing, solution to Nigeria’s insecurity, says ALGON - November 19, 2021.

    ALGON Media Team

    The Association of Local Government of Nigeria, on Thursday, said community policing will address the challenges of insecurity in the country. ALGON disclosed this in a communiqué issued to newsmen at the end of its two-day National Executive Council meeting held in Ikeja. The communiqué was signed by ALGON Abuja National Publicity Secretary, Mr Solomon Onah. According to the communiqué, NEC hereby insists that only community policing will solve the problem of insecurity in the country and as such will make Local Government and council actively engage with the rural populace. It further said it would make local government and council also engage with the community leaders, town unions and other stakeholders. On Healthcare, it said the NEC noted with grave concern, the infrastructural deficit in healthcare services across Local Governments, recalling the deficit as the primary aim of the 774 Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Centers Project which commenced in 2007. “The NEC recognized that the laudable project has over the years suffered severe setbacks and reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring its completion, in view especially of the enormous funds already spent on the project. “The NEC, therefore, directed its Sub-committee on the Project to review, evaluate and revert to NEC within an appropriate timeframe; the sub-committee is also expected to perform close oversight going forward. “NEC also emphasized the need for the contractor to intensify efforts aimed at rapidly increasing the volume of completed Healthcare Centers to justify the huge sum so far paid. “To do so with careful attention to quality of materials used, scope of work agreed and timelines set,’’ it said. The communiqué said the NEC also approved a further one-year extension of service for the Association’s Director-General, Mrs Binta Adamu Bello, whose renewed tenure would now expire in August 2022. “The NEC approved and announced the final Flag off of the Federal, State and Local Governments joint project on National Anti-Multiple Taxation Scheme and National Transit Insurance Scheme in November 2021. “It also agreed to a more inclusive meeting on the projects for all the LGAs and Council Chairmen to bring them up to speed with all aspects of both projects. “It may be recalled that the projects are aimed at promoting ease of doing businesses in Nigeria, shore up revenue, bring rescue, safety, security and to permanently eradicate illegal roadblocks, illegal multiple taxes, levies, fees and attendant assaults. “It will also eradicate molestations and sometimes killings to which ordinary Nigerians are subjected or exposed. The insurance component is expected to guarantee investment portfolio in case of damage or loss related to road accidents.