Posted by Emmanuel Onani | 10 October 2019 | 1,118 times
As part of measures towards addressing threats to national security, the federal government has inaugurated a specialised programme for federal and state security administrators.
The training programme, which is being organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, in collaboration with the National Institute for Security Affairs (NISS), is aimed at building the capacity of security managers across the country for improved security as well as service delivery.
In his inauguration remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, said the initiative was timely, considering the myriad of security challenges besetting the country.
This was as the Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Yusuf Bichi, observed that the prevailing security challenges in the country had made improved synergy of policies and strategies more compelling.
According to the SGF, apart from the threat to national security that incidents of terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other violent crimes pose, they also result in loss of lives and property worth billions of naira.
He noted that the challenges of the time required that citizens took interest in the security affairs of the country, saying same should not be seen as the “exclusive preserve” of security personnel.
Mustapha, however, assured that the Federal Government will not abdicate its statutory responsibility of protecting lives and property.
“Nigeria, in recent time, has been entangled in a number of security challenges which include cultism, armed robbery, cybercrimes, insurgency, banditry, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, among others.
“These challenges have caused the country huge loss of numerous lives and properties worth billions of naira. To tackle these security challenges, government has taken far reaching measures both kinetic and non-kinetic, with relative successes being recorded,” the SGF said.
He further stated that: “The current security reality in the country has shown that the business of security is not the exclusive preserve of security personnel.
“It is therefore imperative for citizens to take interest in the security affairs of the country.”
Earlier in his opening remarks, the DG DSS said the training programme will facilitate ownership of security strategies. (New Telegraph)
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