Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has identified the scarcity of industries and manufacturing companies in the country as one of the factors responsible for insecurity.
The minister said this at a media parley with members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
He stressed that the low level of production of goods and other economic-related activities gave rise to insecurity in the country.
Amaechi, a presidential aspirant on the platform of All Progressive Congress, (APC), promised that if voted into power, he would ensure that the gap between the rich and the poor would be filled.
He, however, added that fighting insecurity is a collective effort.
He said: “We are going to create economic prosperity; then, we will go back to agriculture and from there we will go into manufacturing. The key elements are power, security, and infrastructure like water and logistics like rails. It is when you do that, you will see a great decline in insecurity. Then we will train our police and arm them to bring peace.”
Similarly, the minister during a consultative meeting at the state party secretariat said he was the only aspirant who had governed an insecure state and harped on his wealth of experience as an edge. He, however, said he would abide by the outcome of the party primaries, whether the pendulum swings his way or not.