Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Interior has stressed need for collaboration with the National Institute of Security Studies (NISS) towards enhancement training needs and capacity development of personnel of agencies under the Ministry of Interior.
The minister said this following in a meeting held in Abuja with members of NISS management team on Wednesday, where he stressed the importance of a formal partnership between the Interior Ministry and the elite internal security training institute.
Dr. Tunji-Ojo pointed out that NISS has a track record of providing training to the Nigerian military and core intelligence agencies in the country, including the Department of State Services (DSS), and expressed hope the institute could benefit agencies under the Interior Ministry towards curbing the nation’s internal security challenges.
“We cannot be saddled with the internal security of the nation and not build a formalized, official working capacity-building relationship with the elite internal security training institute in Nigeria,” the Minister emphasized.
According to Babatunde Alao,
Special Adviser , Media and Publicity to the Minister, Dr Tunji-Ojoo outlined the role that NISS could play in enhancing the security architecture of the nation through organized training programs for officers from various agencies under the Ministry of Interior.
An ability to create innovative solutions before problems arise is why we are saddled with the responsibility of leadership,” Tunji-Ojo stated.
Consequently the Minister called for a thorough need assessment of various agencies within the agencies so as to identify capacity gaps that would filled by the training.
During the meeting, NISS Commandant, Alhaji Ayodele Saheed Adeleke, expressed his appreciation to the Minister for his commitment to national service and the Ministry.
The meeting was attended by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, along with top officers of the ministry and Service Chiefs, including CG Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa; CG NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi; and CG Federal Fire Service, Abdulganiyu Jaji. This collaborative effort between the Ministry of Interior and NISS reflects the government’s commitment to enhancing the capacity and efficiency of security agencies for the benefit of national security.