I can’t tackle insecurity as a governor —Lalong

May 15, 2021
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Says governors have limited powers

The governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong has lamented that governors cannot do about insecurity as they don’t have full authority over the security apparatchiks in their states.

Governor Lalong said this on Friday during the Good Morning Nigeria programme on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

He lamented that even as a sitting governor there is a limit to his powers as the constitution empower the governors as the chief security officers of their states yet they don’t have full control.

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He said: “We have also cried and said the constitution provides that we (the governors) are chief security officers in our state.

“But there are limits to what we can do, the command that we do.

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“If I am the general officer commanding, I should be the general officer commanding.

“Not the general officer that will command, and the person you command will say I need to get command from somewhere. All these are very important.”

Noting that it is time for the federal government to address security issues headlong, he added:

“We can’t be talking unless we address these issues.

“Let us be addressing these issues, not only talk-shop, because by the time we continue to talk without coming back to implement, we will still be talking of the same issue.”

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