From Esther Akaa, Lafia
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) known as Accountability Lab Nigeria is collaborating with stakeholders in Nasarawa State to find urgent and lasting solution to the security challenges bedeviling the country.
This was disclosed at a meeting organised by the organisation and attended by representatives of the Nasarawa State Police Command and Nigeria Security and Defence Corps in the state, among other critical stakeholders, held on Friday in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.
Speaking at the meeting, the Male Associate of the NGO, Mr Alfred Alu, said the meeting was organised to create opportunity for stakeholders to bring innovations that would restore peace in different parts of the country.
According to him, the organisation had engaged stakeholders in Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Kaduna, Katsina and Adamawa states to help in finding solution to insecurity in the country, saying that the project is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to achieve Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals on peace, justice and strong institutions.
“As part of this project, we selected 20 stakeholders from each of the states to make presentations on peace. We just concluded the one for the state and the winner has emerged.
“Winners from every state among the seven states would meet to compete for us to select the best, whose peace innovation would be adopted for implementation.
“The overall winner would be part of the organisation’s accountability incubator phase and the winner’s ideas would be presented to higher stakeholders that will help to include them in the country’s security architecture,” he said.
The winner in the state, Mr Caleb Odonye, expressed happiness that his presentation was considered the best among other participants.
Mr Odonye assured that his security model would help in restoring peace in the country, if properly implemented.
He, therefore, recommended that every secondary school leaver and graduate of tertiary institutions in every community be profiled and included in the security architecture, expressing hope that the measure would help in intelligence gathering, in order to arrest criminals even before they carry out their plans.
“By this, those engaged would be given stipends and kept busy. It would cut the recruitment poll of the criminal elements in the country, thereby reducing crime,” he said.
He concluded that the initiative would help the communities to take ownership of their security and make the youths unavailable for crime.