A member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives representing the Michika-Madagali Federal Constituency of Adamawa State, Zakariya Dauda Nyampa has called for mandatory military enrollment for Nigerian graduates as their first employment until they have other job options.
Nyampa whose constituency has come under attacks by Boko Haram was speaking during a zoom conference on “National Security Strategy and Insecurity in Nigeria: Charting a New Course” which was attended by Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and representatives of the Army and Police. The online conference which was organised by Speak Out Africa Initiative also had as participants Senator Shehu Sani, Dr. Chiyere Erondu, Dr. Sam Amadi and Ruth Olefin among others.
The lawmaker also recommended that the Federal Government should transfer the capital and procurement projects of the military to the State Governments to handle hence they are now more involved in internal security operations. His position is informed by the support most State Governments have continued to provide for security agencies with provision of vehicles and communication gadgets among others.
Nyampa who is a first term lawmaker believes that Governors are those that have direct security challenges in their states and would be in a better position to address the challenges if empowered by law. He also advocates that the military should be motivated to make them and their families feel secured in case of any eventuality in the course of serving the country.
In his words, “where is motivation to the military when someone at the Central Bank or NNPC is collecting four times of their salaries? I think if the government will properly take care of our soldiers who are defending the territorial integrity of our nation and our lives half of Nigeria’s security challenges will be reduced”.
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