As part of efforts to improve security agencies’ response to various threats to public peace and safety across the country, the federal government has flagged-off an inter-agencies training on Nigeria Internal Security and Public Safety Alert System (NISPSAS).
Declaring open the training Thursday in Abuja, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said the ministry charged with responsibility of ensuring internal security, public safety and citizenship integrity, was mindful of the current security situation in Nigeria, adding the need to maintain proper synergy among the security agencies under its watch.
The minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore said the role and responsibility of the participating security agencies was sacrosanct, “what you do may save Nigeria from security threats,” he said.
He stated further that the training would guarantee effective intelligence gathering, prompt response to emergency distress call from 112 and NISPSAS Mobile App, protection of security agencies formation from attack, inter-agencies collaboration, effective monitoring of agencies performance by the Ministry as well as effective preparedness of agencies to national emergencies.
Aregbesola called on participants who would be posted to the ministry’s 24/7 situation room after the training, to ensure that they are always punctual to be able to respond promptly to emergencies.
Participants for the training were drawn from the Ministry of Interior staff, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Fire Service (FFS), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Customs Service and other critical Stakeholders.
Earlier in his remarks, the director, Joint Service Department in the Ministry, Peter Egbodo, said the idea of the Ministry of Interior Solution Room was conceived under the leadership of the immediate past Minister, Lt. Gen. AbdulRahman Bello Danbazau which was supported by the current Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, also thanked the minister and the Permanent Secretary for their commitment to making the training possible.
He assured that his Department will not rest in its hoax until the objective of the training was achieved.