Insecurity: NDN Asks FG to Tap from Experience of Nigerians Abroad – THISDAY Newspapers
Nigeria Diaspora Network (NDN) has called on the federal government to tap from the wealth of experience of Nigerians living abroad to tackle security challenges.
Speaking with THISDAY on the telephone, NDN’s Deputy Director of Finance, Mrs Vivian Iwuji, said the group was working to see how some of their members who are in security sector in developed nations could come together and synergise with the security agencies in Nigeria on advocacy programme, intelligence gathering and other areas to confront the security challenges facing the country.
NDN is an association of Nigerian professionals abroad who have come together to channel their skills and resources to the development of Nigeria.
Nigeria is currently grappling with numerous security challenges including terrorism, kidnapping for ransom, banditry, armed robbery and assassination.
The security agencies are overwhelmed as they fight Boko Haram insurgents in the North East, banditry in the northwest and central Nigeria as well as uprisings in the south East.
“We are searching for the best hands in the area of security all over the world to have a meeting point. We are working in synergy with Nigerians, foreign citizens who are in the security sector abroad on how to bring this into fruition.
“For instance, we are trying to link up with the Nigerian woman, Olufunmilola Obe, who is the first African-American to become a police inspector in the New York Police Department (NYPD).
“Like this lady, nothing stops Nigeria from tapping her expertise as part of an effort to solve our problem.
“We are looking at these experts, those who have retired from the army, police in America, Europe, Canada, Australia, anywhere in the world, on how to bring them to Nigeria to come and interface with the inspector-general of police, chief of defence staff, minister of defence, etc, because the country needs help in terms of security.”
Iwuji also said that the organisation would collaborate with the present government to stamp out corruption in the country.
She urged President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to put the heads of various ministries, departments and agencies on toes towards exposing and prosecuting treasury looters.
Iwuji also called on the president to increase the number of women in government.
She said: “I am looking forward to a situation where the women in government will be the ones to show the men that women are better managers of the economy.”