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Service Chiefs, other heads of security agencies on Thursday went into a close-door meeting with Senators to discuss national security issues.

The meeting which was at the instance of the Senate President following a resolution to that effect started at exactly 11. 20 and was expected to proffer solutions to series of security challenges.

In his address, Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan assured the forces of the parliament’s cooperation to ensure peace and stability of the nation.

Lawan said: “You recall our resolution to invite them for briefing on security situation in our dear country.

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“On behalf of all of us Senators, I want to welcome this team and let me quickly assure you that indeed this Senate or the entire National Assembly is and will remain a partner in progress with you.

“On behalf of my colleagues, I want to commend our.armed forces and other security agencies for fighting the myriad of security challenges across the country.

“In the process, some have given up their lives.

“We appreciate what you are doing because we know that you are doing your best with what you have at hand.

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“I want to assure you and everyone that the challenges we face are taken seriously and extremely by the Parliament.

“Hardly a day passes without this Senate discussing one security incident or the other. And it has been so for many years, not only this session.

“Once again, I welcome you and trust us with what you think will help us as a parliament to help the cause of Armed forces and other security agencies to perform better because you haven’t achieve the optimum and I can attribute that to inadequate resources.

Lawan expressed optimism that Thursday’s interaction will assist the forces in tackling insecurity that has bedevilled the nation.

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“We pray that at the end of this interaction, we will see better ways and means of providing the necessary provision of resources to enable our armed forces continue with national case to provide national security.

“We need to protect the lives and property of citizens to stabilise our environment for economy to receive better investments for this country; to be a hub for investments that will provide employment opportunities to our teeming youths. Thank you very much.”

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