7-point agenda: Security a key policy thrust, says Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has listed his seven-point agenda even as he said security would be the ‘thrust’ of his administration if elected as president.

Atiku made this declaration in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Monday.

He tweeted: “National Security will be a key policy thrust of my administration. This is because a secured country is critical to the success of every sector of our nation. To take us to where we ought to be security-wise, this is what we will do: -AA”

He thereafter listed the agenda thus:

“#1: Ensuring the security of lives and properties and the dignity of Nigerians by restructuring and enhancing the funding of our security agencies as well as training of security personnel.

“#2: Restoring merit and professionalism in the process of recruitment, appointment and promotions enshrined in the acts establishing the security outfits and their extant rules and regulations.

“#3: Implementing a Special Presidential Welfare Initiative for our security personnel.

“#4: Increasing the number of security personnel to meet the security needs of over 200 million Nigerians. We shall conduct systematic and guided recruitment exercise of up to one million personnel into the police force, to combat current security challenges and meet the UN police to citizen ratio of 1:450.

“#5: Employing the tools of strategic engagement with state and non-state actors in theatres of conflict.

“#6: Promoting Police-Community relations to build mutual trust and confidence as a proactive strategy for crime prevention and control.

“#7: Streamlining the functions and operations of security outfits like the NSCDC, FRSC, among others to foster synergy, and intelligence sharing in order to make them more effective.”

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