By Christiana Ekpa
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), has said that the essence of the meeting between the House and Service Chiefs was discuss the security situation in Nigeria.
He said that the meeting was called by the leadership of the House to find out what the challenges were and what the house could do to address it.
The Speaker said that the 2019 budget was to be presented to the House within the next two weeks and that the meeting was timely to address money challenges.
“Security is one of the major concerns of this government and we have an obligation to arrest the situation and do whatever we can.
“Like in every democracy, there is collaboration among arms of government, only when we collaborate that we get the required results,” he said.
This is just as the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin yesterday disclosed that the arm forces will continue to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure peace and security in the north-eastern part of the country.
Olonisakin gave the assurance on Monday at a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives in Abuja.
He said that the armed forces in collaboration with other security and intelligence had been contending with terrorism for many years in the region, adding that in spite of the challenges, appreciable progress had been made in the fight against insurgency in the zone.
He said that the armed forces will continue to strategies to address the changing operational situation of the terrorist.
“We are here to listen to the security concerns of the House and address them with the support of the legislature,” he said.
He appreciated the leadership of the House for the opportunity to interact with them on the issues of insecurity in the north-eastern part of the country and other parts.
He said that the service chiefs recognised the concern of the National Assembly but was unable to appear on Friday due to other national assignments.