The minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs, Senator George Akume recently explained why the federal government of Nigeria is finding it very difficult to solve the problem of banditry in the country.

During a book launch held in Abuja on Wednesday, April 21, the Senator sighted that the victory over banditry demands the participation of all and sundry in the country.

Senator George Akume blames lack of emergency preparedness for the high rate of banditry in the country.

Daily Trust reported that a statement released by the minister noted that poor emergency preparedness and policy intervention, amongst other indices, are partly responsible for the problem.

Akume Said:

“The challenges facing Nigeria include but not limited to inadequate emergency preparedness and response, the gap between relief materials management and durable development projects, and ad-hoc planning and intervention.”

Senator Akume also pointed out the poor management of internally displaced population in Nigeria as a result of the lack of institutional and legal framework.

He Said;

“There is also a lack of institutional and legal framework for the management of internally displaced population in Nigeria, insufficient or absence of inter-agency collaboration which mostly results in agencies working at cross purposes with duplicative activities.

“The lack of a defined strategy and appropriate national framework of cooperation among relevant agencies and institutions to design a sustainable action plan for medium-long terms projects have been a huge deficit for policy makers.”

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