The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has assured of the Federal Government’s readiness to speedily study and implement the recommendations laid out in the report of the Committee on Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing.
While receiving the report from the committee’s chairperson, Dr. (Mrs.) Amina M. B. Shamaki, on Friday, Mustapha hailed the members of the committee for their sacrifices and patriotism in concluding the assignment.
“I am greatly honoured to receive the Report of the Committee to study the recommendations and Implementation Strategies on Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria.
“This Committee was inaugurated on Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 and given two months to complete the assignment. Let me therefore, appreciate members of the Committee for working tirelessly to conclude this assignment, despite other pressing official engagements.
“Let me also, use this opportunity to salute your courage, hard work and patriotism as without these, it would have been extremely difficult to complete the assignment in good time,” he said.
Mustapha, who noted that the Buhari-led administration is committed to stemming insecurity in the country, commended the committee for covering all “underlying factors that impede the capacity of our security agencies” in their report.
The SGF expressed hope that the outcome of the committee’s recommendations would enthrone a paradigm shift that will focus on Community Policing, re-orientation of citizens and building a sustainable conflict resolution process that would assist in solving the perennial security challenges in the country.
“Nigerians and indeed the present administration prides itself as having the political will to tackle the issues of insecurity occasioned by the activities of terrorists, kidnappers, bandits, militants which have remained serious threats to good governance, effective service delivery and overall economic development and wellbeing of Nigerians.
“At the inauguration of the Committee, I apprised you of the expectations of the Government. I did mention that I expected members to patriotically study the Report of the Senior Executive Course (SEC) 40, 2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, the expressed opinion and recommendations in order to properly advise Government.
“I am therefore, delighted to note that your work covered the issues of policy, institutional and legal frameworks as well as the underlying factors that impede the capacity of our security agencies to adequately contain the various manifestations of insecurity in our dear country.
“I equally note that your work touched on the need to deploy appropriate technology in the fight against the various dimensions of criminality, the context of coordinating internal security architecture, capacity development and professionalism of security personnel, citizens’ involvement in internal security management as well as innovative funding mechanisms of security agencies and their operations and not the least, welfare of personnel.
“I am highly delighted that you worked assiduously hard to exhaustively examine the Report of the Executive Course 40, 2018 and proposed some far-reaching recommendations, including implementation strategies aimed at reinvigorating the Internal Security framework and Community Policing in Nigeria within a short timeframe.
“Let me assure you that Government will critically, and without any delay whatsoever, study your Report and speedily give effect to the recommendations therein.
“I am aware of the robust discussions at the various sessions of your meetings and the passion with which some of the members advanced their viewpoints. We did not expect anything less when you were nominated for this assignment.
“And so, on behalf of Mr President, I sincerely thank you for a job well done. Let me also, thank you for the high level of patriotism and courage you displayed during the course of the assignment.
“As I receive the Report, let me thank you very much for contributing your quota towards the effective resolution of the myriads of the security challenges in the country. God bless you and the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he added.