We’ll work harder on na­tional se­cu­rity – Buhari

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Is­mail Mu­dashir

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari yes­ter­day pledged his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mit­ment to work harder in en­hanc­ing the coun­try’s se­cu­rity, say­ing un­less the coun­try is se­cured, it can­not be gov­erned.

Re­ceiv­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of trade as­so­ci­a­tions from the 36 states and the FCT led by their Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor, Prince Paul Ikonne, at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja, Buhari said: ‘‘These ef­forts are part of our cam­paign slo­gans on se­cu­rity, the econ­omy and the fight against cor­rup­tion and on se­cu­rity, it is com­mon-sense that un­less the coun­try is se­cured it can­not be gov­erned.”

The pres­i­dent wel­comed the group’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in pro­vid­ing and im­prov­ing crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, es­pe­cially roads and rail­ways to en­sure ease in move­ment of goods and ser­vices.

‘‘The best peo­ple to com­ment on the achieve­ments of this ad­min­is­tra­tion in terms of se­cu­rity are peo­ple who come from the North­east where they used to share their lo­cal gov­ern­ments with Boko Haram, get am­bushed and dis­pos­sessed.

‘‘To­day, we are all wit­nesses to the com­mend­able ef­forts of gov­ern­ment on se­cu­rity,’’ the pres­i­dent was quoted in a state­ment by his spokesper­son, Femi Adesina.

He reaf­firmed that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would sus­tain the de­liv­ery of qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try for in­vest­ments and busi­nesses to thrive. He pledged to con­tinue to do his best to en­sure that the coun­try is safe and se­cure for every­body. He also took note of some ma­jor ob­ser­va­tions by the traders in­clud­ing il­le­gal seizure of good by agents of gov­ern­ment, har­mon­i­sa­tion of taxes and charges and the need for timely com­ple­tion of rail net­works con­nect­ing ‘‘South to North, North to the East and East to the West.’’

In his re­marks, Ikonne praised the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion for in­sti­tut­ing poli­cies that are friendly and en­cour­ag­ing to traders, ar­ti­sans and farm­ers. He de­clared the as­so­ci­a­tion’s sup­port for the fight against cor­rup­tion.

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