The House of Representatives has passed a resolution mandating Nigerian security agencies to promptly integrate the National Identification Number (NIN) into their technological systems to track and mitigate insecurity nationwide.
Additionally, the House has directed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to deploy security cameras across Abuja and its surroundings. Furthermore, the Minister is tasked with installing security devices and furnishing security personnel with modern equipment to tackle the escalating insecurity within the Territory.
The House has also instructed the heads of all security agencies to collaborate urgently, provide training, and establish specialised units within their organisations to identify and apprehend criminal elements within and around the capital.
This resolution follows the adoption of a motion titled “Very urgent need to curb the deteriorating insecurity in the federal capital territory, Abuja,” presented by Dominic Okafor.
Okafor emphasised Abuja’s significance as the seat of the Federal Government, housing key government institutions, international landmarks, and a substantial foreign resident population. He expressed concern over the alarming insecurity in the capital and stressed the need for immediate action to address the situation.
The lawmaker highlighted the government’s previous efforts to link NINs with telephone numbers and bank accounts to combat insecurity nationwide. However, he lamented the lack of effective deployment of NIN for addressing security challenges in Abuja and beyond.
Okafor proposed the adoption of advanced security technologies such as drones and closed-circuit television (CCTV) to modernise security operations and restore Abuja’s status as a safe haven.
He further advocated for economic and political restructuring to address the multifaceted concerns of Nigerians, aligning with practices observed in Western economies.
The House’s endorsement of these measures underscores its commitment to enhancing security and safeguarding citizens’ well-being, particularly in critical areas like Abuja, the nation’s capital.