How End-User Certificate is preventing Nigerian governors from fighting insecurity — Lalong

The governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, has lamented the hindrances in security law that debar state governors from deploying equipment to tackle insecurity.

Lalong who is also the Chairman Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) spoke as a panellist at the 27th Nigeria Economic Summit in Abuja on Tuesday.

Speaking on “Removing Binding Constraints to Security”, the governor said; “In some cases, the governors will use their money to buy the equipment and technology but they will tell you that you don’t have an End-user Certificate.

“And you are waiting for an end-user certificate while your people are being killed every time.

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“So these are some of these things.  I thank God we are discussing security.  Let there be something that we can address as quickly as possible. 

“I cannot go and buy drones and keep them for three years and there is no End-user Certificate and I see my people being killed.

“Allow me to use it to address the insecurity in my state.  These are the things that we are talking about.

“They call you Chief Security Officer of your state but are you the chief security officer of your state when you cannot control the total security of your state?”

Meanwhile, the End-User Certificates for the use of drones are issued by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

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