By Emmanuel Onotevure in Abuja.
“De-radicalize Nigerian youths roaming the streets”….. Aregbesola.
In continuation of his familiarization tour to agencies and parastatals under his Ministry, the new Minister in charge of the Interior Affairs Ministry, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on friday in Abuja, paid a visit to the Nigerian Correctional Services, NCS. In a statement issued and signed by Mohammed Manga, Director of Press in the Ministry of Interior, the Minister disclosed that the Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Correctional Service to seek synergy with relevant Government agencies, Non- Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations with a view to de-radicalizing Nigerian youths roaming the streets. Ogbeni Aregbesola urged the officers of the Service, to support the Federal Government in its efforts to ensure a safe and secured environment for Nigerians.
According to the statement, Ogbeni expressed his belief that the officers and men of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) will be at the vanguard of championing the good intention of President Muhammadu Buhari, who he emphasized, has helped in reforming the old law of the Nigeria Prisons Service to the new Nigeria Correctional Service, in a bid to reduce recidivism among those who are being taken to the correctional centres. “We will support you to reduce to a large extent, those who are coming under your care from going back to crime,” he stressed.
Aregbesola added that, “rehabilitation and readjustment should be the focus of the Nigeria Correctional Service in the country” as he enjoined staff of the Ministry and all it agencies to ensure compliance to the SET (Security, Economy and Transparency) agenda of this administration, in order to achieve the mandate of the ministry which is security of Nigerians. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Barr. Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, MON while introducing the Honourable Minister to the staff, described Ogbeni Aregbesola as a committed leader who will never give up, until he achieved results. Ehuriah called on all the agencies under the Ministry to support the drive of the Minister to move the Ministry and its agencies to the next level.
Earlier in his remarks, the Controller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service, Ja’Afaru Ahmed, disclosed that the Service had over 250 centres across Nigeria with some becoming dilapidated, having been built for over a century. Ahmed commended the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for giving some of the centres a facelift. “We were neglected for years, but with President Muhammadu Buhari, we have started witnessing the upgrading of our formations across Nigeria,’ Ja’Afaru said.
In a related development, the Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, commended officers of the Federal Fire Service, for their immense contributions towards ensuring the safety of lives and properties through prevention of fire disasters. He promised that the Federal Government will ensure the Federal Fire Service in Nigeria is moved to an enviable position among its peers, across the globe. Earlier, the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Liman Ibrahim said he believed that the Honourable Minister would provide the needed leadership that will end the challenges confronting the agency.