Senator representing Niger East senatorial district, Mohammed Musa has said that the past Peoples Democratic Party administration in the state should be blamed for the dilapidate Government Science College, Kagara, where bandits abducted students and their teachers.
Photos of the dilapidated building of the school where 41 school students, teachers and their family members were kidnapped, have been circulation on social media.
Speaking on Thursday during an interview on TVC programme, ‘Your View’, Senator Musa decried the unhealthy environment where the students were abducted. He, however, said that the previous administration in the state was to be blamed for the gory school environment.
He said, “The school you see there (in social media) is almost the same everywhere you go, the governor is trying. He has been coming up with ideas of how to make up these schools with the little resources he has. So, I want to blame the previous administration for not doing the needful. As of today, the governor I’m sure has done more than six hundred schools, from the record I have, he has renovated more than six hundred schools, so this is a continuous process.
“I, as a senator, I know what I should be doing about renovation of schools, building more classes, dormitories for these children. It is our responsibility. I’m not excluding myself from this, I’m part of this problem and want to take it upon me, that be it as it may, we must do the needful and we must change this thing. This pictures you are seeing is disgraceful…, I’m not talking, I’m not been sentimental, we are going to secure that school, we are going to secure other schools and we are going to make sure the government is doing the needful.”
Earlier during the interview, Musa noted that upon his inception at the National Assembly, the first motion he raised was on the issue of insecurity in his senatorial district, adding that bandits generate money to buy firearms from kidnapping people and demanding ransom from their victims.
“These bandits are getting money. They are enforcing their act of criminality by getting ransom to buy arms. I listened to one of the heads of these group saying if the government does not take care of them that they will take care of themselves by kidnapping people and that by the time they will kidnap fifty people and collects N50,000 each, they are going to make more than a million Naira. What does that mean? We should not encourage that. I support my governor for saying he is never going to give any kind of payment to criminals.”
The senator further lamented that the insecurity in the senatorial district had remained a reoccurring decimal, saying that “every day there are killings in my senatorial district, I have nine local governments, out of this nine, eight of them are attacked continuously.
He added, “So when we are saying that the issue of insecurity in Nigeria is a national issue, you can see why we are calling for a state of emergency to be declared on insecurity. We cannot sit down every day until when our people are attacked, until when one life is lost, then we now say, we are going to console and commensurate with people and say we are taking drastic action, no!
“We should be able to arm our armed forces, be able to recruit more personnel so that our arm forces will be fully equipped with the needed manpower going to the doorsteps of these criminals. The government has what it takes to do it and that is the reason why we feel if the federal government is overwhelmed, the state government and local government should be proactive with this.