The Photojournalist Association of Nigeria (PJAN), Lagos State chapter has advised the Federal Government (FG) to stop forthwith the politicisation of insecurity by having the political will to provide security for Nigerians and leveraging technologies like the Closed-circuit television (CCTVs), reports ITREALMS.
A press statement signed by Chairman, PJAN, Lagos chapter, Otunba Kola Olasupo and made available to ITREALMS at the end of its monthly congress held at Ikeja, Lagos on Saturday 2nd April, 2022, they expressed concerns over the state of insecurity in the country, lamenting that no where is safe again in Nigeria.
Part of the statement read:
“We are calling on the Government to stop playing politics with security matters in the country. The reality today is that no where and no one is safe. Trains, aircrafts, the roads, even homes are all been attacked by hoodlums, bandits and terrorists. It is irrefutable that unemployment is one major cause of insecurity. We call on Government at all levels to look for ways of engaging the teeming number of unemployed youths. Vocational trainings should be pursued vigorously to help curtail the spate of insecurity in the land. Government at all levels should also take the issues of Industrial Training Fund more seriously. There is need to see how many companies are engaging students that are due for internship and find out why others don’t encourage these interns.
“We support calls that more Security lights and Closed Circiuit Television (CCTV) cameras should be installed at major locations to help in the prevention, investigation and possible arrests of criminal elements. While we strongly condemn the incessant killings, kidnap and cases of wanton destruction recorded almost daily in some northern states,” they said.
PJAN also called on Lagos State Government to look out for areas like Oju-Irin, Ebute Meta, Fagba, Agege, Ojodu-Berger and Oshodi, as unscrupulous elements now use such places as their hideout, smoking and drinking joints even in broad daylight.
Parents, they said, have also failed in their roles.
“Statistics confirm that majority of our youths are now on drugs and this is very worrisome” he said.
More worrisome, according to PJAN chairman, is the attitude of both Federal and State Governments to these issues.
“There’s need for the Government to come out and define where they stand on these matters,” they decried.
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ITREALMS at April 03, 2022
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