Poverty, Unemployment Cause Of Kidnapping, Banditary - Gbajabiamila
By Samuel Victor Akpan
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says Poverty, Youth Unemployment and Frustration are some of the factors responsible for Kidnapping, Banditry and Cattling Rustling in the country.
Gbajabiamlila made these comments when he led a delegation of the House to a critical meeting with stakeholders in Zamfara State.
According to the Speaker, the Federal Government needs to “develop certain areas- especially the aforementioned-” of the country’s economy so as to deal with these kidnapping and banditary issues which he feels are borne out of poverty and frustation.
Gbajabiamlila disclosed to the gathering, which had in attendance Bello Matawalle, Governor of Zamfara, that the visit was part of the government’s efforts at finding a lasting solution to the lingering security challenges in the state.
“I can assure you that the Federal Government at least as far as the National Assembly is concerned," the House Speaker said.
"When it comes to budgeting, of your 14 local governments, every senatorial districts will be empowered for the purposes as far as schools are concerned. They will be empowered for the purposes as far as skills acquisition centres are concerned, for our people to learn, acquire skills and be empowered to go out and win their daily bread to take care of their families," he added.
Also, Gbajabiamila stated that additional security personnel need to be engaged to help further address the anomaly.
Reiterating government’s stand on the issue, Gbajabiamila confirmed that President Buhari was aware of the visit.
“I speak on behalf of the House and I’ve also discussed this with the leadership of the Senate and I took my time to go to meet with the President to tell him about this trip. He is aware that I’m coming here so I stand here as a symbol of authority not just for the House but for government," Gbajabiamlila said.
On his part, Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle announced that the Speaker’s delegation donated relief materials to internally displaced persons and orphans in the state.
Meanwhile, the governor confirmed that the state would implement the Ruga settlement initiative despite its suspenion by the Federal Government last week.
According to him, the communtites of farmers and herdsmen in the state have been living “side by side” since time immemorial, despite the ocassional skirmishes they encounter.
He said: “we are confident that the Ruga programme which will transform the nomads to sedentary life will significantly address the Farmer/Herder crises in the state.”