16th August, 2010
Disturbed by the rising spate of kidnapping, especially in the South East geopolitical zone of the country, the Federal Interior Ministry has said that it will convene a stakeholdersâ€™ summit to discuss critical issues that border on internal security in the country.
Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho declared that the ministry, which supervises the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) and the Federal Fire Service (FFS), was committed to finding a lasting solution to the kidnapping menace.
In a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Relations Unit of the ministry, Timothy Oyedeji, the move is essential because effective internal security measures have the inherent potential and tendencies of strengthening national unity and cohesion, encourage investment and accelerate development.
According to Oyedeji, â€œthe seminar is to help participants understand how to think ahead and develop a path to attain the aims and objectives of Nigeriaâ€™s Ministry of Internal Affairs and also enable them to bring about the implementation of desired changes.â€
Participants at the two-day summit with the theme, The Challenges Of Internal Security In 21st Century Nigeria, according to Oyedeji, will be drawn from both public and private sector agencies and organisations including Ministry of Internal Affairs, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, representatives of state governments, local government chairmen, chairmen of state traditional rulers, Nigeria Prisons Service, Federal Fire Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, licensed private security companies and neighbourhood watch groups.
President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to declare the open the summit slated for Abuja on Monday, 30 and Tuesday, 31 August, 2010.