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Why It’s Difficult To Tame Banditry — George Akume

The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, George Akume, says Nigeria remains troubled by banditry and other security challenges owing to inadequate emergency preparedness, response and policy interventions.

He said this in Abuja Wednesday at the launch of a book, A Planner’s Perspective on Disaster and Conflict; Issues of Forced Displacement of Persons, Management in Nigeria, authored by Bassey Ita Etim-Ikang.

Akume said: “The challenges facing Nigeria includes but not limited to inadequate emergency preparedness and response, the gap between relief materials management and durable development projects, and ad-hoc planning and policy intervention.

“There is also lack of institutional and legal framework for the management of internally displaced population in Nigeria, insufficient or absence of inter-agency collaboration which mostly results in agencies working at cross purposes with duplicative activities.

“The lack of a defined strategy and appropriate national framework of cooperation among relevant agencies and institutions to design sustainable action plan for medium-long terms projects have been a huge deficit for policy makers.”

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, who was the chief launcher at the event, pledged to rally his colleagues to foster national unity.

Former Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu said those beating the drum of war did not understand its ripple effects.

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