The federal government has blamed the porous borders for the proliferation of arms and influx of irregular migrants into the country.
The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, who threw his weight behind the closure of the land borders and tasked paramilitary agencies to do all that was necessary to ensure internal peace and security of the country.
Aregbesola, who said this at a retreat organised by his ministry in Ilesa, Osun state said that the border closure by the federal government had greatly enhanced peace and security in the country.
A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, said the minister advised the security agencies to articulate strategies that would promote collaboration, and create the necessary synergy that could guarantee a safe and secure internal environment.
Aregbesola said, “The focus of the current regime rested on the tripod of addressing internal security, revitalizing and growing the economy while tackling corruption.”
He said the retreat was an opportunity for paramilitary agencies and workers in the ministry to deeply reflect on their individual mandates for a clearer understanding of the demands on them.
The minister called on the top management staff of the Ministry of Interior and its Paramilitary Agencies to ensure the promotion of Citizenship Integrity in line with the mandate of the Ministry.
According to him, a thorough analysis of an aspect of the Ministry’s mandate that deals with promotion of citizenship integrity would widen and deepen the understanding of staff towards their responsibility to the citizens and foreign nationals resident in the country thereby enabling them to provide efficient services as required.
“Promoting citizenship integrity has bearing on efficiency, high ethical and moral conduct, responsiveness, commitment, patriotism, compliance with rules and regulations and proactiveness in the discharge of our duties”, the Minister stressed.
The retreat with the theme: “Driving Performance in Achieving the Presidential mandate on Nigeria’s Internal Security”, affords the staff the opportunity to deeply reflect on their individual mandates for a clearer understanding of the demands on them to render effective service delivery towards ensuring citizenship integrity and internal security in Nigeria.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina E. Ehuriah said that the retreat was aimed at securing the alignment of the roles of the Ministry and its Agencies towards achieving the President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate on internal security.