VOICE OF NIGERIA
Nnenna Okoronkwo with agency reports
25 June, 2013
The National Assembly is considering the inclusion of national defence and security institutions in the first line charge of the Federation Account in a bid to tackle issues of national security. First-line charges are budget allocations
that do not pass through the Presidency,
but are made directly to the National
Assembly. These arrangements are also being considered for the Judiciary and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Deputy Chairman, House Committee
on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Victor
Ogene from Anambra stated this to
newsmen in Abuja, after a four-hour
closed-door meeting of all members of
the House of Representatives with the Service Chiefs. Ogene held that due to the security situation, budgetary allocations to the military had not been reduced by the National Assembly.
He commended the military for its
conduct in the three northern states
where emergency rule had been imposed. He stated that based on the report given to the House by the security chiefs,normalcy was gradually returning to Yobe and Adamawa states. He added that the hours of curfew would soon be reduced in both states. “Structures of governance are gradually being restored in parts of Borno East including Bama and Gwoza where members of the Boko Haram fundamentalist group had hoisted their flags,” he said.
The deputy chairman said that the major challenge facing security operatives in the affected states was how to differentiate between indigenes of the area and citizens of neighbouring
Republic of Niger. He said the gradual return of peace and order to the affected states was due to the fact that the military and other security operatives had dislodged the insurgents from 13 of their camps.
The House had last year passed a
resolution inviting President Goodluck
Jonathan and the security chiefs to brief
the lawmakers on security issues in the
country. The service chiefs were led by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a
state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno
and Yobe states on May 14, to confront
the Boko Haram insurgents.