President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with state governors and heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting, reportedly, was in connection with the prevailing security situation and challenges bedeviling the country.
The meeting began around 11.01am when the President arrived the Council Chamber venue. It also had in attendance presence of the immediate past state governors of all the political parties.
Thirty-five state governors were at the meeting, with Benue represented by the Deputy Governor, as well as the immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari.
In regards to the outcome of the meeting, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi , said agreement are still yet to be reached in regards to the issue of state policing.
He stated this during an interview sessions with State House Correspondents after an expanded meeting with the President and heads of the security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Fayemi, joined by six of his colleagues from the six geo-political zones, stated that while some governors were for State Police because of the unique security challenges facing their states, others felt it was not necessary.
“There are governors and states where their experience does not necessarily require a more evolved policing of the states. There are also states where there are agitations for it. There are governors who have the view that that will work better in such states.
“And of course, there are economic issues relating to that. So, we lack the capacity at the state level to fund state policing, those are all issues that will come in to play when we get to the National Economic Council meeting that has been called, particularly because there is a committee that is looking into it after the submission of the report on SARS. So, we will take all of these together.”
He said the NGF would soon take a common position on the matter during the forthcoming National Economic Council (NEC) meeting.
He revealed that the $1billion approved from the Excess Crude Account to fight insecurity had been disbursed among the security heads, but, however, stating that the amount was not enough to address the number of security challenges besetting the country.
The NGF chairman said the meeting with his colleagues afforded them the opportunity to brainstorm on wide-ranging issues of insecurity, including kidnapping, armed robbery, insurgency and militancy, among others.
He disclosed: “We discussed extensively all of these issues and looked at the various ways we felt as governors we could assist Mr. President as the Commander-in-Chief to curb these issues.
“We were able to look at the nexus between our economic challenges, the security challenges and the importance of tackling the causes of crime, not just crime on its own.”