The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has ordered a review of all security arrangements in the National Assembly to keep it conversant with the current challenges in the country, especially now that the Boko Haram insurgency has receded.
Senate President Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Security, Major General Saleh Maina (rtd), noted that the review of the security around the complex “is part of the periodic plans to ensure better protection of lives and properties as well as improve on the existing arrangement”.
According to the statement, in carrying out the directive of the Senate president, who is also the chairman of the National Assembly, “the heads of all security agencies present in the Complex and other officials whose portfolio has to do with Security have met at different times to devise a common and water-tight plan”.
“Following the meetings, it has been decided that henceforth it is compulsory for all legislators, staff and visitors to the National Assembly to wear identity tag”, it added.
The security adviser also said as part of the review of the security arrangements, loitering within and around the National Assembly visitors and staff alike would no longer be condoned.
Retired General Maina further said all vehicles to the National Assembly must be parked at the appropriate designated parking lots.
Noting that there shall be proper screening of personnel coming into the National Assembly as well as the scanning of their hand bags and luggage, the statement called on the security officials at the National Assembly to be polite yet firm to all in the course of carrying out their duties.
Maina “also said that there would be training and retraining of security personnel and staff of the National Assembly as well as general maintenance and upgrading of equipment towards ensuring quick responses, communication and mobility in case of any threats in any location within the National Assembly”.
He further explained that the training of the concerned staff at the National Assembly will further ensure proper collaboration and synergy among all security agencies working within the sprawling complex and that henceforth, there will be a periodic meeting of all concerned with the security of the institution.
To this effect, the security adviser said a general awareness campaign will be held for all those that has businesses within the National Assembly Complex to update them on the new development.