Nigeria Hunters Council, NHC, has called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Nigeria Hunters Council bill 2020 so that the Council can have legally and constitutionally recognized powers to contribute its quota in stemming the spate of general insecurity in the country.
The Commander General, Amb. Joshua W. Osatimehin made the call during a media chat in the Council’s headquarters in Abuja, yesterday.
He said the name NHC was given to the Council by the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Interior and that by their mandate the word hunter makes them be the closest to the people in an embodiment of Hunters Association.
According to the CG; “Predominantly our major job is hunting, but, as the trend goes, we hunt for higher animals now. Our core mandate is to police the ungoverned spaces,” he said.
On some challenges facing the Council, Osatimehin stated that all constituted authorities have their challenges and that they are seeking legislative support to carry out its mandate like a constituted authority.
He maintained that NHC does everything in line with the law and that his personnel was trained by nine Police formations in the country and that they did it with security organizations and with inter-agency collaboration.
“We were been trained to monitor people that cross our border, and we equally partner with the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service.
“We have been receiving enormous support from some State Governors like Kogi, Bauchi, and Borno States. Bauchi gave us one Coaster bus and four Hilux vehicles, and Gov. Zulum recruited 1,000 officers and gave them vehicles for logistics.
“The bill seeking to establish the HCN was submitted last year, and Senator Kassim Shettima has promised speedy action on the bill for third reading. If a proper law is enacted, and all logistics from the government is being supplied, crimes and criminality will be reduced,” he added.
In his own summation, President of Youth for Agriculture Nigeria, YAN, Prince Oforma Onwurah, maintained that the purpose of the meeting was to lay the foundation on the 24th of August, to train youths who are interested in going to farming and the training of the Fulanis to embrace land rather than move their cattle from one location to another, as well as train their women in dairy processes and train them in such a way that they can pack the food and store them in silos.
The CSO boss maintained that the body is targeting 10,000 candidates per state including the FCT and that no support has come from the Federal Government and that the plan has already been on the ground since former President Goodluck Jonathan’s era.
He posited that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with NHC to make sure those farms are safe.
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