Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola on Monday reaffirmed the commitment of the ministry to handle internal security threats affecting the country.
The minister spoke in Abuja when he officially took over the leadership of the ministry from the Permanent Secretary, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah.
The former governor of Osun State urged all the service chiefs under the ministry not to rest on their oars adding that the ministry cannot afford to fail under him.
He advised the entire workforce of the ministry and its agencies to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari’s charge to ensure that safety of lives and property and shun corrupt practices.
Aregbesola vowed to make staff welfare a priority.
“We have internal security challenges in Nigeria, but it is not perculier to us. It is like that all over the world. What is important is how we respond to them. We are adopting President Muhammadu Buhari’s charge to improve the safety of our citizens.
“We shall overcome the internal security threats our nation is facing. We must all key into this agenda. We are capable of handling threats affecting the internal security of our nation. Nobody should act with impunity. Offenders will never get away with crime. I will make staff welfare a priority.
“As a result of our commitment to a proactive security agenda for the country ,we are going to set up an early warning-alarm system in all the geopolitical zones, in other to nip in the bud any security breach before it happens,” the minister pledged.
He said they have designed a new acronym for the corps to work with in actualising President Buhari’s target.
Aregbesola said: “We must adopt his (Buhari)’s slogan in the way that it’s best suited for us. So, we will adopt ‘Set’ in this ministry which means Security, economic improvement and transparency.”
He assured that, with this new method of working, there would be a significant improvement in the country within the shortest time adding that: “we are more than capable to keep Nigeria safe.”
The Permanent Secretary, Georgina Ehuriah while handing over to the minister assured him of total support from all staff including the service chiefs in order for the minister to achieve his desired goals.