FG PARTNERS UNITED STATES ON SECURITY MANAGEMENT
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), flanked on the right by the leader of the delegation, Ambassador Nolan; on the far right by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Maccido, and on the left by the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Nigeria, Alan Tousignant
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) says Nigeria will collaborate with the United States of America on Security Governance Initiative Programme for the mutual benefit of both countries.
Gen Dambazau stated this when he received the United States delegation on Security Governance Initiative (SGI) in Abuja.
He noted that the focus areas of the Security Governance Initiative programme is in tandem with President Buhari’s administration’s three main focus areas of Good Governance, Transparency/Accountability and Security, stating that the Security Governance Initiative involves all security agencies in the country, and not limited to just agencies under the Ministry’s purview.
The Minister added that a steering committee would be set up to over-see and implement the joint action plan that would be drawn up after the deliberations.
Earlier, the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Nigeria, Alan Tousignant, said the Security Governance Initiative programme was launched in August 2014 by the Obama administration to help some African countries, including Nigeria, identify security challenges and assist in the best way in managing security outfits to efficiently and effectively deliver security and justice to its citizens.
He said that the United States has identified three priority focus areas to help the country: enhancing the Ministry of Interior’s nationwide emergency response, planning and coordination; enhancing the Ministry of Defence material need’s identification, procurement and acquisition procedures and processes; and enhancing civilian security planning for the North-East.
The Acting Deputy Chief of Mission added that at the end of the deliberations, a draft copy of a joint-country action plan that would outline the roadmap for security problems and solutions would be produced.
In his remark, the leader of the delegation, Ambassador Nolan, said a lot would be achieved from the exchange of ideas and goals on key issues concerning security, and that the US government would provide technical support for Nigeria, assuring that the partnership would continue after the expiration of President Obama’s administration.