By Victor Akanbi, Abuja
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday urged the security agencies under the supervision of his ministry to make their core mission the locus of their performance assessment so as not to disappoint Nigerians in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities.
Aregbesola made the statement at the Quarterly Performance Peer Review Assessment of the Ministry and its services which took place at the Nigerian Correctional Services Headquarters (NCS), airport road, Abuja.
“Make no mistake about it; the public we serve are watching us and are doing their own assessment based on how our services impact them. The set up will mean nothing to them if our services disappoint them,” he said.
The Minister said the major purpose of the Peer Review Assessment was to make it a springboard for the fulfilment of the Ministry’s mandate with a view of ensuring remarkable progress toward the success of President Muhammedu Buhari led administration.
According to him, the Federal Fire Service (FFS) should see itself as an agency to prevent and ease disasters, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) is to provide security through complementing the effort of other security agencies in the country. The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) is charged with the responsibility of manning the nation’s borders, by making smooth the entrance of genuine immigrants and preventing the bad ones. The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) is to keep custody of offenders and return them to society as better citizens, useful to themselves and their neighbours.
The Minister said it is to the extent these security agencies perform their responsibilities that the public will judge them.
“I am asking, for this reason, to make our core mission the locus of performance assessment. This will refocus us and make our performance more poignant and tangible,” he restated.
The Minister commended officers and men of the Ministry and its Services for the effort being put in place in fulfilling the mandate of the Ministry and also in keeping with the deliverables of set by President Muhammedu Buhari’s Administration, while charging them to redouble their efforts better and more quality service to Nigeria.
He lauded the Permanent Secretary, Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, for her well-thought-out administrative stewardship in the Ministry. He said the main thrust in the Performance Review was to reiterate that the agencies under the Ministry should not see themselves as pure bureaucracy, but for specific service delivery to the public in which the performance of their duties could make a life and death difference to Nigerians.
Ekeoma Ehuriah, had earlier in her remark pledged the staff’s commitment to ensuring the full implementation of programmes, policies and projects of government, in line with the mandate of the Ministry.