Southwest Governors, Monarchs and stakeholders, after a closed-door meeting, have launched a 13-point resolution plan aimed at rebuilding Southwest after the EndSARS protest.
At the end of the closed-door session, a 13-point communiqué was issued supporting the call by traditional rulers for regular consultations with state governors and federal authorities on the challenges that states face and for the proper recognition of their role in the Constitution.
In addition, it resolved that the country’s security architecture requires adjustments to adequately address the threats and realities of insecurity in the country, and called for a greater police presence in the communities of the southwestern states.
Other resolutions include “the need to take preventive actions aimed at preventing a repeat of what happened in the country after the #EndSARS demonstrations.
Security must be strengthened in all states. “We wish to encourage the Nigerian Police to respond to their needs and urge them to do more to protect lives and property and improve security throughout the country.
“We ask for specific measures and proposals to repair the damage caused to the physical infrastructure and economic assets of the Southwest.
They called for a review of the reports of the constitutional conferences, including the 2014 National Conference, and to implement some of the recommendations, especially with reference to security, the economy, equal treatment for citizens throughout the country.
“We believe that the prolonged closure of the border has caused economic difficulties and should be reexamined to alleviate the problems of people in border communities and the prices of some basic products.
It is necessary to review the closure and allow the resumption of economic and commercial activities.
“A comprehensive program that addresses youth employment and empowerment must be prioritized. Greater coordination and complementarity between the states and the Federal Government.
In this sense, the curriculum of higher education institutions should be reviewed, with emphasis on the acquisition of skills and entrepreneurship.
“We recognize the negative and damaging impact of fake news and we are concerned about its destructive and dangerous power of fake news. We call on the federal government to use the instrumentality of existing laws and regulations in other countries to provide safeguards against the spread of fake news. 2015 Cyber Act will also be used in its entirety.
“The federal government must ensure that technology is used effectively for the advancement of Nigerian security and not its destruction, working with technology and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The controls and surveillance regime must be fully employed.
The resolution further urged that everything possible be done to resolve the deadlock between ASUU and the federal government so that students can return to school in earnest.