The Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru has called for constitutional recognition of Nigerian Hunter and Forest Security Service, NHFSS.
Badaru made the call during a four-day Annual National Security Summit of NHFSS in Abuja.
The governor, who commended NHFSS in the fight against banditry, boko haram and terrorism in some forests in Jigawa said the call became necessary to further enhance the activities of the Service nationwide.
He therefore promised his Government’s support to NHFSS towards realizing its mandate.
Speaking in the same vein, the Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu stressed the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the NHFSS Bill before him into law.
Bagudu, who described security of lives and property key to national development advised officers and men of the Service not to relent in discharging their duties most especially in rural areas.
Earlier, the Commandant General of NHFSS, Ambassador Joshua Osatimehin said the four days national summit focused on the roles of Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Service in the fight against Forrest Crimes for National Security Sustainably.
Ambassador Osatimehin who stated that the summit was organized in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said the Service would continue to compliment the efforts of the Agency in combating illicit use and abuse in forests across the country.
He also used the opportunity to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to ascent to NHFSS Bill before him.
In a message, the Chairman of NDLEA, Buba Marwa who attributed most crimes in the country to drug abuse commended the support of NHFSS in checkmating the distribution of drugs in forests.
He pledged the Agency’s more collaboration with NHFSS towards combating drug abuse in the country.
In a goodwill message, the Emir of Keffi in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Shehu Yamusa described NHFSS activities as vital to community policing through its intelligence gathering and arrest of criminals at the grassroots.
The summit which was attended by representatives of formal security agencies in the country featured various security display and presentation of awards to those who have over the years contributed to the progress of NHFSS.