The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki has assured the National Committee Against Touting (NCAT) of the Federal Government’s support of its efforts at ending the menace of touting in Nigeria.
The Minister, while receiving the Committee led by its National Chairman, Dr. Ike Anikwendu in his office said, Government was working hard to ensure that lives and properties were protected in all the nooks and crannies of the country. He stressed that Federal Government had put series of activities in place to see that Nigerians, especially the youths were gainfully employed and thereby have no need to engage in any nefarious activities such as touting, kidnapping and being a tool for insurgency which have caused a lot of havoc in Nigeria. “Through the NDE, SURE-P, YoUWin and other poverty alleviation programmes, the Federal Government has been able to create employers of labour in an effort to end youth’s restiveness in Nigeria”, he stated.
Turaki emphasized the need for all Nigerians to support the Federal Government to ensure that all abducted Nigerians; including the Chibok girls, were released.
Meanwhile, the Committee called on the Federal Government to support it with funding and equipment. The National Chairman, Dr. Anikwendu said, given the needed support, the National Committee Against Touting (NCAT) was capable of curbing the menace of touting, kidnapping and insurgency in Nigeria through unfailing proactive security measures, by identifying their base such as airports, railway stations, motor parks, licensing offices and other public places.
The National Committee Against Touting (NCAT) is a voluntary organization set up to dislodge criminal elements and other unwanted persons in motor parks, licensing offices, airports, railways, highways and other public places. The setting up of the organization was in realization of the activities of touts constituting security threat, breach of public peace, as well as being a source of siphoning public funds.
*Report from Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.
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