Gov. Obaseki Advocates Constitutional Provision For State, Community Policing

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has again called for the review of the security architecture in the country, maintaining that the country’s recurring security challenges call for constitutional review to allow for state and community policing with necessary safeguards to check abuse.

Obaseki made the submission when he hosted participants of the Senior Executive Course 40 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, to a dinner at the Government House in Benin City, at the weekend.

He said Edo State will continue to strengthen her security architecture, stressing that the “security of lives and property cannot and should not remain on the Exclusive Legislative List in the country’s constitution. There should be constitutional provision for state and community policing with necessary safeguards put in place.”

The governor who spoke on the theme of the Course 40 study tour of the state: Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing: Models, Policy Options and Findings, noted that the theme was apt and relevant to tackling the current security challenges faced in the country.

Obaseki said, “The Institute, which holds special significance to sustaining the country, needs to investigate and proffer realistic and sustainable solutions to the internal security challenges facing the country.”

He expressed appreciation to the Institute for granting the state government’s request to allow for one senior civil servant from the state to be trained during the Institute’s annual course.

Leader of the Senior Executive Course 40 from the Institute, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, expressed appreciation to the state government for its hospitality and support during the study tour of the state by members of the course.

According to Katsina, “We came here to seek knowledge and we have gotten more than we sought. I must admit that Governor Godwin Obaseki is truly working. The memories and experiences we had in the state will always be with us.”

The dinner was rounded off with the presentation of souvenirs by the governor to his guests.

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