FG Seeks the Help of China to Tackle Insecurity in Nigeria

FG seeks the help of China to tackle insecurity in Nigeria; the Federal Government requires help from foreign actors to contain the security issues in the Nation.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi has revealed that the Federal Government has decided to work with the Chinese Government in addressing security challenges facing the country.

Based on a statement by the minister’s spokesperson, Bolaji Kazeem, Mr. Dingyadi revealed this when he received the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, on Wednesday the 28th of April, 2021.

Mr. Dingyadi pointed out the fact that the whole world was aware of the current security challenges in Nigeria but emphasized the need for collaboration to address these issues.

He listed those challenges as terrorism and banditry in the North-East, North-West, and North-Central with secessionist movement, kidnapping, and other forms of criminal activities in the South-East.

According to the minister, Nigeria is not the only country facing these issues in Africa as its neighboring countries also share these same challenges.

He stated that with the support of the international community, the security issues facing the country can be solved.

However, the Minister also noted that the issue of security challenges could not be separated from poverty and unemployment.

Steps are currently in action to boost the morale of security personnel and encourage them to ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

He further explained that the process to reactivate the CCTV project under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) through the selection of concessioners among the private organizations that bid for the project  has also started.

Mr. Dingyadi stressed the fact that the country would work hand in hand with the international community to promote infrastructure, security, and investment in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

According to him, the idea is also focused on creating more employment opportunities, strengthening security agencies, and reducing the poverty level in the nation.

Earlier on, the Chinese Ambassador noted that China and Nigeria have maintained diplomatic relations for over 50 years, adding that there was the need to improve on the bilateral relations and intelligence sharing.

Mr. Jianchun also said there was a need to come up with good strategies for both countries to work together in the areas of military cooperation, politics, economy, ICT, security, and infrastructure.

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