60 Days to PMB’s Exit: Aregbesola Says Insecurity, Others Still Worrisome

…Says Ministry acquitted itself creditably well

By Hillary Asemota

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has charged top Management staff of the Ministry and its agencies to inculcate the spirit of  regimentation in service.

He said this is with a view to discharging their duties with all seriousness for optimal efficiency and effective service delivery.

Aregbesola, gave this charge Friday during the first 2022 performance  Review Meeting of the Ministry and its Services /Board held at the Correctional Headquarters, in Abuja. 

 According to him: “We instituted this meeting, to set agenda for performance and to evaluate our activities.

“In the course of the meetings, we also review previous meetings and the issues discussed, to ensure that we are indeed making progress.

“I’ am glad to note that these meetings have been helpful in keeping us on the path of rectitude.”

The Minister was proud that the science-based quarterly review has contributed in no small measure to the success of the ministry under his watch.

“In addition, the ministry and its Services/Board operational activities were measured by the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which entails baseline, target, status update with weight and scoring both self-score/evaluator score to which the performance of each Service is rated.” Aregbesola reiterated.

The Minister took time to list the 9- point priority areas of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration as: Stabilizing the macro-economy, increase agricultural productivity and food security, ensure energy sufficiency, improve transportation and other infrastructure, drive industrialization, improved health, energy sufficiency, education and productivity of Nigeria; to enhance social inclusion by scaling up social investment, fight corruption, improve governance and provide security for all citizens.

 The Minister was happy that the ministry has acquited itself creditably.

 Aregbesola, stated further that the Regular Quarterly Performance Review meeting has enabled the ministry and its Services/Board to stay focused on achieving their mandate towards realising the objectives of the priority areas of this administration. 

“I have no doubt that we have made giant strides in all aspects of the Ministry and the Services.

These cover reforms in passport administration and border management, expanded the scope of fire and disaster management across the country, expanded the scope and capability in combating crimes and providing security for lives and property and revolutionising correctional services.” Aregbesola submitted.

“However there are still large grounds to be covered. Insecurity is still a challenge in many parts of the country, indeed virtually in every part.

“I still personally get complaints from those who have been short-served on passport application.

“Same way I get inundated with calls and complaints when there is a fire incident or natural disaster in which we couldn’t be of much or any assistance.

Issues relating to untoward activities in our custodial centres suggesting collusion between officials and inmates pop up now and then in the news” Aregbesola emphasized.

The Minister also said

“Our administration will wind down on May 29 and another administration will begin. That should be 60 days from now, minus when the cabinet will be formally dissolved.

“It has been my style to begin a countdown and prepare for my exit”

In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, made known his happiness with progress made  through introduction of the routine Performance Review Meeting; which has no doubt provided a veritable platform of engagement between the Ministry and it’s services .

Belgore, added that without this type of gathering identified grey areas and other aspects that require improvements in the service delivery would not have been easily identified

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