Can the NCMD fill the vacuum created by the massive deployment of security guards?

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President Muhammadu Buhari this week launched the National Crisis Management Doctrine (NCMD) to bridge the gap created by the massive deployment of security services by fostering collaboration between Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

According to the President, the security challenges facing Nigeria are stretching the deployment of security agencies, resources and the national security apparatus.
It should be noted that the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2022 highlights that terrorism remains a serious threat, with sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 48% of the world’s total deaths from terrorism.
Four of the 10 countries with the highest increases in deaths from terrorism come from sub-Saharan Africa.

It should also be noted that the Global Terrorism Index 2020 placed Nigeria as the third most affected country with negative outcomes from terrorist activities.
The index shows that terrorism is increasingly concentrated and contracted in countries already affected by violent conflict. Conflict zones accounted for 97% of all deaths. The 10 countries most affected by terrorism are all in conflict zones.

Of course, it is easy to understand that Nigeria is among the most affected countries and why it must come together to save the country from insecurity.
From Boko Haram in the northeast, banditry and criminal kidnappings in the northwest, to secessionist unrest in the southeast and southwest, the security system in Nigeria is virtually overloaded.

The NCMD, developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in coordination with select MDAs, would ensure greater success in managing these national crises.
Thus, with the introduction of the NCMD, a development that marks a significant milestone in the nation’s collective efforts to achieve coordinated, effective and efficient national crisis management, Nigeria is now poised to adequately address its many security challenges.

“This shows the renewed promise and commitment of this administration to manage the crisis in the country,” the president said, urging ONSA to continue to play its coordinating role among crisis response stakeholders to achieve greater success.

The President thanked the UK government for their collaboration in developing the doctrine and the US government for their support, urging them to maintain the relationship.
And, rightly, thanks must be extended to all the people, agencies and countries that have contributed to the realization of the national will to develop concerted means to deal with the problems of insecurity which currently afflict our country, Nigeria. .

There is no doubt that collaboration among security agencies, whose absence has hampered the country’s efforts to overcome insecurity, will help prevent insecurity in Nigeria.
It should be noted that the need for law enforcement to cooperate in developing strategies to strengthen Nigeria’s internal security architecture and make the country safe and secure cannot be overemphasized.
While, on the other hand, lack of synergy is one of the factors that militate against success in combating banditry, insurgency, kidnappings and poor inter-agency collaboration among Nigeria’s security institutions. is one of the major factors militating against effective conflict resolution and security management.
The consequences of not working effectively together are reflected in a growing fear of insecurity and diminished confidence in the ability of the security system to protect the lives and property of civilian populations across the country in general and in the terrorist areas in particular.
It is therefore high time that security agencies drop the toga of service supremacy and replace it with a more reliable model for a more cordial relationship between all the actors involved in the fight against insecurity in order to restore the confidence of the Nigerians in all security and law enforcement forces. agencies.

Along the same lines, the call for the creation of a robust, concise and reliable intelligence-based fusion center to win the fight against the insecurity facing the nation cannot be overemphasized.
Ideally, the creation of the Crime Fusion Center will help law enforcement agencies share their resources, expertise, and information. Security agencies in Nigeria must therefore close ranks and eliminate rivalry. Security is achieved when each part of the security system, including the police, military, NSCDC, NDLEA, immigration, customs and others, performs its roles effectively and balances its weaknesses with strength other security agencies.

Inferiority complex and superiority battles between and among security agencies, no doubt, aggravate everyone’s insecurity and deepen national insecurity.

A new dawn at RMAFC

Revenue leakage refers to the loss of revenue for a country that can be used for development purposes. You don’t have to be a financial expert to know that’s not a good thing. After all, it certainly isn’t called a “gain” of income.

So this week, during the swearing-in of the Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Mr. Mohammed Bello, in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari urged him and his colleagues to stem the wave of revenue leakage.

Speaking shortly after his swearing in, the new RAMFC chairman said the commission would help the Buhari-led administration secure more revenue for the federation and block leaks.
He said the commission would implement its constitutional responsibility to monitor accruals to the federation’s account and disbursements to prevent them from looting.

“The task is difficult,” he said. “We all know the situation of Nigeria, or even the world when you look at contemporary African countries like South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Egypt, all the economic problems they face, we come across them in Nigeria. We had COVID-19, we had a recession, now we have the war with Ukraine, which has affected many countries and incomes are down everywhere.
A report on illicit financial flows from Africa compiled by an AU panel led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki said Africa is losing around $60 billion (about $10.08 trillion). naira) per year because of these transfers.

The report has raised massive concerns in Nigeria, which is believed to account for more than $40.9 billion (about 6.87 trillion naira), or 68% of the total figure.

Cumulatively, Nigeria also tops the list of ten African countries with the highest incidence of illicit financial transfers between 1970 and 2008, recording around $217.7 billion (around N36.57 trillion) or 30.5% of the total on the continent.
The issue of accountability and probity of senior government officials has always been a source of grave concern in Nigeria, especially with officials repeatedly refusing to publicly declare their assets.
Similarly, last year, a joint House of Representatives finance, banking and currency committee said Nigeria had lost an estimated $30 billion a year from 2005 to 2019 due to revenue leakage.
Leakage originated mainly from the activities of agencies and companies in the fields of banking, oil exploration, engineering, procurement, construction, installation, shipping, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Again, the Buhari-led administration continued to release unaccounted revenue figures, all due to the corrupt practices of some officials.
Despite the problems with revenue and leakage, the task of the revenue mobilization office remains to secure more revenue for the federation and block leakage, monitor accruals to the federation account and disbursements.
This responsibility, however, should not be left to the body alone. The government should realize that the revenue needed to meet its obligations must come from various economic activities and not just from crude oil exports.

Indeed, the government would be in the best position to assume its responsibilities, achieve national prosperity and accumulate enormous external reserves if it benefits from the full exploitation and utilization, at the national level, of the country’s oil endowments. without leaving a single barrel of crude oil for export.

It is instructive to note that it was understood from the beginning of commercial oil production that crude oil was (still is) a wasted asset and that the proceeds of oil exports should be devoted to the development of vital economic sectors to facilitate rapid growth and sustainable development in Nigeria.
The government should also, from time to time, come up with a new revenue distribution formula that will not only be appropriate but in tune with the current realities of the country.

Of course, this is worrying as the new helmsman of revenue mobilization has observed that the revenue allocation formula in Nigeria has not been reviewed for about 29 years now, when the Constitution says it should be reviewed after a period of five years.
In a nutshell, it’s worth noting that blocking revenue leakage requires alignment and buy-in from all stakeholders, including the resources doing the work, the people approving the work, and the accounting departments that bill for the work. .
Essentially, to pull off the feat of stopping revenues leaking out of the federation purse, the administration headed by Buhari must fight and fight the worm of corruption.

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