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FG launches 5-year plan to tackle insecurity

THE minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has unveiled a five-year strategic plan today to combat national insecurity through the Ministry and its Services/Board.

The Minister in a statement released by Afonja Fatai Ajibola, the ministry’s spokesperson said that the Ministry of Interior is essential to the nation’s security and economic progress.

Adding that its responsibilities are accomplished through four services which include the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), which keeps an eye on arrivals and departures at the nation’s borders and works to keep foreigners who might endanger Nigerians and their welfare at bay.

The Minister also added that the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) maintains custody of people who have been duly sentenced or are awaiting trial while the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) assists the police and other law enforcement agencies in fighting crime and acquiring intelligence.

The Minister while listing the function of the Services in ensuring national security also mentioned the Federal Fire Service (FFS), which reacts to fires and other emergencies.

He added that a department in the ministry also registers weddings and controls the presence of foreigners in Nigeria.

The Minister, who acknowledged that there were still security issues, pointed out that every day, thousands of situations that could have caused unrest in the country have been dealt with and prevented.

Dr. Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, had earlier said that the Ministry of Interior had operated up until this point without a strategic plan based on the data that were at his disposal.

He however continued by saying that Nigeria now has the opportunity to enhance its security architecture thanks to the strategic plan created by the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with important partners.

Stressing that the execution of this plan was crucial to achieving the objective and that the Ministry’s leadership must take specific actions towards it

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