Dachung Bagos (PDP-Plateau), says the establishment of State Police will address the myriad of security challenges currently facing the Nigeria.
Mr Bagos, representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of the state, said this when he spoke with newsmen on Wednesday in Jos.
“Even before I was elected as a representative, I have been a strong advocate of state policing system.
“This is simply because I feel it is the best method to address the increasing security challenges, particularly in our rural communities,’’ Mr Bagos said
According to the lawmaker, more than 90 per cent of the current security woes in the country are internal.
“If the people are allowed to secure their communities themselves, it will go a long way toward ensuring lasting peace.’’
He said that state police would improve on intelligence gathering and rapid response by security agencies to any security breach in communities.
“Some Nigerians are against state police simply because they are entertaining fear that state governors will use it to hunt their perceived political enemies
“But we must not shy away from the fact that the merits of having a state police outweigh the demerits.
“Having security personnel who know the terrain of a certain community very well makes it easier to avert any security breach, as an outsider may not be able to do that.
“State Police is also key in terms of intelligence gathering and rapid response and so I believe with state police, we shall overcome most of our security challenges,’’ he said.
Mr Bagos, who clinched his party ticket to re-contest, called on his constituents to vote for him again, adding that he would consolidate on the achievements so far recorded.
According to the lawmaker, I have sponsored 32 bills and many motions and I promise to do more if re-elected in 2023.
“We have done a lot in the areas of infrastructure, education, human capital development, agriculture, peace and security, among others.
“In terms of quality legislation, we didn’t fail our people and that is why currently, I have 32 bills and many motions in my name.
“These are bills that if passed will have direct bearing on the lives of our people and Nigerians in general.
“So, I am calling on my constituents to vote for me in 2023 so that we can do more to improve the lives of our people,’’ he appealed.