Train Attack: MINILS DG seeks new Inclusive National Security

As more facts emerged about the casualties of the terror attack on Abuja-Kaduna train last Monday, a call has been made for an all inclusive framework for National Security measures as contained in 2014 National Confab.

The call is to complement the current integrated security surveillance and monitoring solution for the Abuja to Kaduna railway line and Lagos-Ibadan railway line as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Director General of Micheal Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) Ilorin, Comrade Issa Aremu made the call in a statement during his sympathy visit to the headquarters of Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Abuja on behalf of the Honourable Minister of State for Labour, Mr. Festus Keyamo SAN.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) lost its Secretary-General, Comrade Musa Ozigi – Lawal and Akinsola Akinwunmi, Kwara State Chairman of TUC.

Both were killed in the train bombing carried out by bandits on  March 28, at Kateri-Rijana area of Kaduna State on the way to Kaduna for the TUC National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

Comrade Aremu described the two late comrades as “best ones among the best trade unionists out of Nigeria in the 21st century, they were genuinely and selflessly committed to the decent work agenda for the working class.
“They paid supreme sacrifice in a just struggle of emancipation of the working class.”

Comrade Aremu therefore said in addition to current initiatives there was the need to revisit the main report of 2014 National Conference security report which he said critical stakeholders like organized labour were the key drivers as delegates.

While commending the unprecedented revival of the Railway sector by Buhari administration,he said there was the need for sustained, prompt uninterrupted funding of protection of critical national assets as demanded for the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amechi .

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), has confirmed the safety of 170 passengers aboard the Abuja-Kaduna train attacked by terrorists last Monday while 21 others were still missing.

NRC’s Managing Director, Mr Fidet Okhiria, said this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos while giving  update on the incident, which occurred on March 28, at Kateri-Rijana area of Kaduna State.

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