The lawmaker representing Osun Central senatorial district and the Senate spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru has said the stand of the 19 Northern States Governors for the immediate establishment of State Police will trigger the revisit of the bill in the National Assembly.
The Northern Governors under the aegis of the Northern Governors Forum, NGF and Northern Traditional Rulers Council, had, in a meeting in Abuja called for the immediate establishment of State Police to address the continued security challenges in the country.
Basiru who had sponsored the bill in the Senate said he will re-introduce the bill with the new knowledge and reality.
He noted this during his Town Hall meeting with constituents at Irepodun, Orolu, Olorunda and Osogbo Federal constituency held in Osogbo on Thursday.
In his words, I sponsored a bill on State Police but unfortunately, the bill was not allowed to see the light of day at the constitutional review committee. But happily enough, northern governors and stakeholders have said they are for state police.
“I believe we are going to re-introduce the bill and then with the new knowledge and reality that we need state police.”
The Senate spokesman explained that the town hall meeting is to sensitize people on the senate’s responsibility in terms of law-making, attracting meaningful projects and making a distinction between legislators’ work and that of the executive arm of the government.
He said other bills he has sponsored are ‘a bill for an act to alter the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the establishment of the political parties registration and regulation commission and related matters, 2019.
“A bill for an act to provide for the regulation and jurisdiction of the supreme court and court of appeal and related matters, 2020 (SB. 247).
“A bill for an act to alter the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for conferment of jurisdiction on magistrate courts to hear matters on enforcement of fundamental rights and matters connected thereto 2021,” among others.