The Ad- Hoc Committee set up by the National Economic Council, NEC, to engage with youths and Civil Society Organizations in the wake of the #EndSARS protests has said it would engage with Security Agencies and develop ways of delivering more control to State Governors who are the Chief Security officers of their States.
Report said the decision was taken at a virtual meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday. The Committee, according to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, decided to promptly embark on a two-pronged engagement process: Zonal and State-based respectively.
The statement explained that for the State-based engagements, each of the 36 State Governors and FCT Minister would meet with the leadership and representatives of the identified groups in their States. It states that it would then be immediately followed by zonal interactions where the Vice President and members of the Committee would feature.
According to the report, the interactions would feature issues around employment, social safety nets and national unity and security of lives and properties among others.
The meeting attended by the Governors representing each of the six geopolitical zones in the country also formally adopted six Terms of Reference, which were – to engage representatives of Youths, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and others, Political, Religious and Traditional leaders on employment and social safety net programmes among other issues.
Others were to engage with the Security Agencies and develop ways of delivering more control to State Governors who are the Chief Security Officers of their States. Also to recommend effective solutions to the rising divisiveness and propose ways of strengthening national unity.
To develop a framework for the coordination of action steps to be taken by both the Federal and State Governments in response to the fundamental issues underlying the EndSARs Protests.