Senator Ali Ndume has accused the federal government of being complacent in addressing the country’s insecurity crisis.
In response to a claim by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that the attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train line might have been averted if digital security equipment had been bought, Ndume said this during an interview on a Channels Television show. According to the minister, his colleagues refused to approve the acquisition for the railway.
The senator enquired as to why the equipment had not been purchased and why the robbers had not been apprehended.
“If you look at it deeply, there is a lot of complacency in it. You have the MTN services. These people are using phones so you can track them. With today’s technology, people are taken away and you say you don’t know where they are. No, I mean let’s be serious. “Coming back to what the minister (Amaechi) said, I got angry too. I mean how can you put all these people — everyday, an average of 1,000 are moving around — and then the ministry will ask for money to buy gadgets and drones. These are mostly off-the-shelf items. “You can order them or import them, install them immediately in two to three days. But you know what will happen in Nigeria next? They will go on TV and say we have purchased so and so and the bandits will watch it and they know where it is going to be installed. “This system is terrible. People will frustrate this kind of process and you can see the minister was angry. That means there was a lot of frustration in the process of procurement. He said it.”
“There is a lot of kleptocracy in this system,” Ndume added, “and the government ought to do something about it.”