The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has urged staff of the ministry and its agencies to raise the bar of performance and accountability in the discharge of their duties to meet the expectations of Nigerians.
This, he said, should be in line with the ministry’s mandate of ensuring the maintenance of internal security and citizenship integrity.
The Director of Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Manga Mohammed, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Aregbesola gave the advice during the 4th Quarterly Performance Review Meeting (QPRM) of the top management staff of the ministry and its agencies, held at the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Headquarters, Sauka, Abuja.
According to him, the quarterly performance review was a tool that can be used to measure the successes and challenges recorded by various departments of the ministry.
As well as the services and the board on the implementation of government’s policies, projects and programmes.
“This meeting is, therefore, instituted to review overall performance of the ministry and its services including, the board, against the agreed targets; provide a forum for strategic planning discussions and policy recommendations and action.
“To also identify whether the ministry is meeting the expectations of the public it serves, ensure decisions and policies are based on facts and identify where improvements need to be made,”he said.
The minister noted that the ministry, its services and the board had so far improved tremendously in the area of security service delivery and citizenship integrity within the period under review.
He, however, urged the staff to put more efforts into stemming out the menace of kidnapping for ransom, ritual killing, juvenile gangsterism and insurgency in the North- East, North-West and some other parts of the country.
Aregbesola also urged them to ensure the protection of crop farmers which he said, would go a long way in improving national food security.
The minister expressed determination to reposition the ministry for optimum security service delivery to Nigerians and foreigners alike in line with its assigned mandate.
He further emphasized the need to get the public abreast of all the achievements of the ministry, its services and the board, especially in area of improved security, revenue generation, protection of critical assets and disaster management.
“I must commend you all for the improved performance in the period under review. Let me also emphasize the need for the ministry and services in particular, the board, to ensure the public is kept up-to-date.
“With your activities and achievements. Only few Nigerian’s for example, know the tremendous achievements recorded by the Federal Fire Service (FFS) when they saved property worth over 1 trillion naira.
“Nigerians need to know about these successes. The same applies to Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
“As well as various departments of the ministry and the board,“`he said.
He noted that the ministry was a service provider ministry, as such, Nigerians deserve to know the extent at which it was serving them.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, stated that the meeting was held to enable the ministry assess the level of achievements so far recorded in respect to its mandate.
Belgore added that it was to also identify priority areas, as well as as to review performance within the months of October and December 2020.
He, therefore, called on participants to urgently articulate strategies and map out time lines that would enable the achievements of goals and objectives of the priority projects and improve performance within the sector.(NAN)