A file photograph of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, throughout plenary on the higher chamber of the Nationwide Meeting in Abuja.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has requested the safety companies to beef up the safety measures on the Nationwide Meeting to avert any risk.
Talking throughout an emergency assembly with high safety officers on Tuesday in Abuja, Lawan disclosed that he has obtained a report of safety risk to the Nationwide Meeting.
“Personally, I had a report from the DSS that we had a security threat. Many unknown and uninvited people came or are coming into the National Assembly complex and we felt we shouldn’t take this lightly,” he mentioned on the assembly.
The Senate President added, “From today, we have to find a temporary solution to support the security arrangement here. We will find a more permanent solution by the time the entire environment is remodelled.”
In attendance had been the Director-Normal of the Division of State Providers (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and representatives of the Defence, Police, Civil Defence, Hearth Service, and different safety companies.
Lawan burdened that the duty for making certain safety for all Nigerians was a collective for each the legislative and government arms of presidency.
He famous that the lawmakers had been working arduous and around the clock, saying they’ve an lively ad-hoc committee that was already participating the safety companies.
“As principal officers of the Nationwide Meeting, or let me say within the Senate on this respect, our duty and obligation is to make sure that our senators, members of the Home of Representatives, employees of the Nationwide Meeting, our guests and certainly anybody who has a lawful enterprise to do on this Nationwide Meeting are secure.
“For a really very long time, this Nationwide Meeting will all the time have individuals who haven’t any enterprise coming right here,” he mentioned.
The Senate President added, “With the heightening insecurity in the country, the time has come for this National Assembly to be properly secured for members of the National Assembly to carry out their legislative and other functions, under a very safe atmosphere and of course, our workers, our visitors.”
“What meaning is that, if somebody has no enterprise right here, that individual shouldn’t be within the Nationwide Meeting. As a result of we’re a parliament, we’re a spot or an establishment the place our constituents who really feel very strongly about any concern can come and specific their opinions.
“Some will come for protests. Some will attend public hearings within the committee rooms. Some will go to the gallery or in some circumstances even enter the chamber when allowed to take action.
“And while you take safety without any consideration, generally you’ll have a bitter expertise. We don’t need to take without any consideration the secure hall that we have now had. No less than nothing has occurred.
“We don’t need to wait till one thing occurred. This type of discussions had taken place previously. That is the Ninth Senate, we need to do it otherwise.”
Lawan mentioned plans had been underway for a greater and everlasting safety structure for the Nationwide Meeting.
He, nonetheless, clarified that no one was advocating a blanket ban on the individuals with real causes for visiting the Nationwide Meeting.
The Senate President additionally warned that any safety officers discovered wanting within the line of responsibility wouldn’t be spared.