Worried by the spate of insecurity in the country, the federal government has inaugurated a committee on community policing.
Inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Tuesday, minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, reiterated the determination and commitment of government to improve the security of all citizens in Nigeria with a view to reducing the current security challenges bedeviling the country.
Aregbesola explained that the committee would study the recommendations and implementation strategies on strengthening internal security framework and community policing in Nigeria.
In his remarks titled, ‘A Quantum Leap on National Security’, the minister noted that the journey to the inauguration began with the Senior Executive Course (SEC) 40, 2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), on Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria.
He observed that 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 according to him, 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.
In a statement by the director of press in the ministry, Blessing Lere-Adams, Aregbesola stressed that one of the nine priority areas of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is to improve governance and provide security for all citizens.
“Therefore, it calls for all seriousness to provide the needed apparatus and security architecture to fight insecurity in the country,” he said.
The committee has seven sub-committees, and their terms of reference (TOR), include, developing internal security policy and strategy with the Interior Minister as Chairman.
Also, a sub-committee to develop mechanism for effective synergy and coordination among Internal Security Agencies and Adopt Community Policing as a National Strategy with the Police Affairs Minister as chairman.
There is also a sub-committee to develop Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Internal Security Operatives with the Permanent Secretary of Interior as Chairman, among other’s.
The minister reiterated the seriousness of this assignment, adding that providing security for lives and property of the citizens is the primary responsibility of government.
Earlier, the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, had expressed appreciation to the minister and the Executive Course (SEC) 40 ,2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), for the Report and documents on Monitoring and Evaluation Framework on Internal Security that made President Buhari to approve the Inter-Ministerial Committee.