President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has inaugurated the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Security Challenges and stressed the urgent need to restructure, review and reorganise the Current Security Architecture.
The ceremony was performed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, by the President of the Senate at the National Assembly.
The Senate had on Jan. 29 set up the ad hoc committee to engage Security Agencies on the level of insecurity in the country and report back to the upper chamber within two weeks.
According to Senator Lawan, the committee was set up because of the relevance the legislature attached to the issues connected with national security, adding that: “The constitution guarantees protection of lives and property of every Nigerian and the Government’s commitment to uphold same.”
He said certain fundamental principles must be adhered to in order to ensure that the provision of security was underpinned by democratic values; furthering that the legislature was seeking a security sector reform that would transform the security sector and assign roles and responsibilities in a manner that was consistent with democratic norms and the principles of good governance.
The Senate President said these principles included respect for the rule of law, transparency, accountability, and public trust, stating that all hands must be on deck to contribute towards ensuring good security sector governance that will promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.