By Danjuma Wakili


Niger State Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello has advocated for the review of Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) protocol to tally with the present day realities and help curb the insecurity challenges facing the sub-region.

Governor Bello made this statement when he received participants of the Executive Intelligence Management course 12 of the Institute for Security Studies, Abuja on a courtesy call at the Government House, Minna, Thursday.

He pointed out that the region has become divided and shifted from what it used to be in the 1960s, noting that Nigeria as a nation cannot grow without the provision of adequate security for the citizens.

The governor added that government should take a decision on the national economic policy that will address the insecurity challenges bedeviling the country.

He assured that his administration will collaborate with the relevant security agencies in the country to send people from the state to undergo studies in the institutions.

Governor Bello added that the security of lives and property of citizens would remain his priority, adding that crime wave in the state has reduced drastically as a result of the actions of the state government.

Earlier speaking, the leader of the delegation and the director of the institute, Alh. Ayodele Adeleke said that Niger State was selected as one of the four states for the tour course due to its strategic importance.

He said that the theme of this year’s course is “Trans-human and international migration: challenges of governance, peace and sustainable development in sub-saharan Africa”.