Federal government commits to better security, establishes committee

A 21-member committee has been established to study recommendations and implementation strategies for strengthening Nigeria’s internal security framework and community policing as a result of the federal government’s pledge to strengthen Nigeria’s security architecture.

The commitment was expressed in a statement signed by Mrs Blessing Lere-Adams, Director of Press at the Ministry of Interior, revealed on the same day of the inauguration of the committee by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The committee, chaired by Mr Aregbesola himself and co-chaired by the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, was officiated on Tuesday night in Abuja.

Within his remarks titled “A Quantum Leap on National Security”, Mr Aregbesola said the initiative was in response to recommendations made by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies’ Senior Executive Course SEC 40, 2018 on Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria.

“Consequently, the Committee observed that the absence of a National Security Policy and Strategy document as well as a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework on Internal Security has negatively affected the operations of the Internal Security Agencies in the country which therefore necessitated the directive of Mr President to approve an Inter-Ministerial Committee with all relevant stakeholders on Internal Security to be put in place,” he stated.

One of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nine key areas, according to Aregbesola, is to enhance administration and guarantee security for all Nigerians.

“Therefore, it calls for all seriousness to provide the needed apparatus and security architecture to fight insecurity in the country,” he concluded.

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