The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has advocated more synergy between the EU and Nigerian Government, to tackle security challenges.
Senator Wamakko made the plea when he received the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ketil Karlsen, at his house in Sokoto State, northwest Nigeria.
He commended EU for its varied, sustained technical and financial support in different sectors to Nigeria.
Senator Wamakko attributed security issues in the country to its borders.
“Many people are routinely crossing into the country with anything unchecked, especially that, Nigeria shares so many common borders with her closest neighbour, Niger Republic, in many states.
” Communities have vital roles to play, by providing useful credible intelligence information to the security agencies, so as to checkmate the security threats facing the nation, once and for all,” Senator Wamakko said.
According to him, patriotic and well-meaning citizens of the country can also play crucial, invaluable roles in redressing the trend.
He also sought collaboration between the various security agencies in Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara states.
“If their operations can be effectively harmonized, through routine intelligence sharing, most of the security challenges in the nation would fizzle out.
” I am also suggesting a dialogue between the various stakeholders. Another solution to the security challenges is for Nigerians to come together as one family, to find lasting solutions to the problems.
” Synergy is of paramount importance towards tackling the security problems, at all levels in Nigeria,” he added.
Senator Wamakko solicited the technical support of the European Union to Nigeria with intelligence gathering and advanced technologies, in tackling or detecting any security threats in the country.
The European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Ketil Karlsen, said: “The motive behind the visit is to seek for more areas of collaboration between Nigeria and European Union, in tackling the emerging security challenges facing the country.
“I decided to meet with you as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence, towards finding lasting solutions.”
Mr Karlsen, however, added that based on the reports received so far, the security situation in the country was fast improving.
He solicited the support of Senator Wamakko, on how EU will collaborate with the Nigerian Government, to curb the menace, especially in some parts of Sokoto State.
The Ambassador was accompanied by the Head of the ECOWAS Office of the EU and his Political Adviser.