Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has expressed expressed frustration over the failure of the federal government to end the killings in his state and the refusal to allow him deal with the situation, despite his investing in equipment that put an end to the situation.
The governor expressed this while speaking as a panelist on on “Removing Binding Constraints to Security: The Sub-national Perspective,” at the 27th Nigeria Economic Summit in Abuja on Tuesday.He disclosed that himself and his colleagues have been investing heavily in the procurement of weapons and equipment for security forces, lamenting that they do not get the desired support of the federal government to deploy some of them to tackle the insecurity in their states.
He said the use of the acquired drones was refused on the basis that the state had no end-user-certificate to stem the killing in the state.
He said, “In some cases, the governors will use their money to buy the equipment and technology but they will tell you that you don’t have an End-user Certificate.
“And you are waiting for an end-user certificate while your people are being killed every time. So these are some of the things. I thank God we are discussing security. Let there be something that we can address as quickly as possible.
“I cannot go and buy drones and keep them for three years and there is no End-user Certificate and I see my people being killed.
“Allow me to use it to address the insecurity in my state. These are the things that we are talking about. They call you Chief Security Officer of your state but are you the chief security officer of your state when you cannot control the total security of your state?”
It was gathered that the End-User Certificates for the use of drones are issued by the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Lalong also disclosed that the governors have made recommendations on the need to urgently allow the establishment of state police, in order to rescue the country from the insecurity bedeviling the states.
“We have made recommendations to the President. We say look, let us sit down at the table. Let us set up a high powered committee of experts to sit down and look at the recommendations and see the recommendations and see the opportunity to help the governors to rescue their states.
“Otherwise we will continue to lament on some of these things that we are talking about. Initially northern state governors were against state police. But recent events show that there is a problem. The number of police is not there.
“But to us even without having state police, half of the police expenditure is funded by the governors. We are already funding the police.” he remarked.