FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECLARES MONDAY, 2ND OCTOBER, 2017 PUBLIC HOLIDAY TO MARK 57TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd)
The Federal Government has declared Monday, 2nd October, 2017 Public Holiday to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary.
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary and urged them to sustain the collective efforts towards maintaining and strengthening the unity of Nigeria.
Gen. Dambazau emphasized Government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth and political development on democratic principles. He noted that in the past 57 years, Nigeria has made a lot of progress and positive impact not only on its citizens but also on human development globally.
The Honourable Minister enjoined all Nigerians to remain steadfast in the love and care of the country, noting that strong sense of ownership of one’s country is vital to the sustainable development of nay nation. He also expressed profound appreciation to Nigerians and their international community for the support and co-operation to the administration of His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Honourable Minister wishes all Nigerians a Happy 57th Independence Anniversary.
FG SETS UP COMMITTEE ON IMPROVEMENT OF SECURITY OPERATIONS AT PORTS
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), has inaugurated the Presidential Committee on Improvement of Security Operations at Nigeria’s Ports, set up as part of strategy for successful implementation of the Executive Order 001.
At the inauguration in Abuja, the Minister stated that improved operations at the ports formed an integral part of the larger Ease of Doing Business reforms of the administration.
The Minister charged the Committee to assist in improving the security services at the nation’s ports, which would ultimately facilitate the implementation of the Executive Order OO1 that is hinged on promoting transparency and efficiency in the business environment.
The Committee’s terms of reference include recommending measures to promote ease of doing business at Nigeria’s ports, while ensuring maximum security according to global best practice; and assessing the present deployment of personnel from different Agencies working in the airports, seaports and land borders with a view to reducing it.
The rest are identifying the essential agencies/desks needed for efficient operations and their appropriate locations within the ports; and sensitizing ports’ personnel and the public on the new policy and practice of doing business at Nigeria’s ports/borders in strict compliance with international best practices.
The Committee, to be chaired by the Minister of Interior, has as members the Minister of State for Aviation, the Director General of the Department of Security Services, the Comptrollers-General of Nigerian Customs Service and the Nigeria Immigration Service and a representative each from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).
The rest are Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Director General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority and the Director General, Federal Airports of Nigeria (FAAN), while the Deputy Director (Permanent Secretary Office) of the Ministry of Interior will serve as the Secretary.
NIGERIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES STRENGTHEN BILATERAL RELATION ON SECURITY
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, says Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are in the process of fine-tuning their relationship on security.
Gen. Dambazau stated this when he received the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria, Mahmood Mohammed Mahmood Almahmood, in his office.
The Minister said Nigeria is working out with the UAE, bilateral issues on transnational criminal activities, such asdrug trafficking, human trafficking and cyber crime.
He described security asone of the areas of cooperation between the two countries, asserting that it must be tackled for the mutual benefits of Nigeria and the UAE.
Earlier, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria, Mahmood Mohammed Mahmood Almahmood, stated that the purpose of his visit was to present to the Minister, the draft Agreement on Security between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECLARES FRIDAY, 1ST AND MONDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2017 AS PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TO MARK ID EL KABIR
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau
The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as Public Holidays to mark Id-el-Kabir Celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country’s democracy.
Gen. Dambazau further urged all Nigerians to join hands with the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Minister assured citizens of their safety in all parts of the country, emphasizing that security agencies have been directed to maintain the peace and protect lives and property.
FG PARTNERS CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD ON SECURITY
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, and Adjutant General, California National Guard, Major General David S. Baldwin
The Federal Government has expressed willingness to partner with the California National Guard on security.
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, stated this when he received the Adjutant General, California National Guard, Major General David S. Baldwin, and his team.
He said the Federal Government would accept the offer of assistance by the California National Guard to train the necessary components of the country’s Armed Forcesin relevant areas of expertise, and hopes that some of the Services under the Ministry would be beneficiaries.
Gen. Dambazau noted that such training would add value to Nigeria Military’s professionalism, adding that the relationship between Nigeria and the US had been long and enduring, particularly with the Armed Forces.
The Minister further stated that such collaboration would serve to cement the harmonious relationship between the two nations.
Earlier, the Adjutant General, California National Guard, Major General David S. Baldwin, conveyed the readiness and offer of the California National Guard to assist Nigeria Military Agencies to attain the necessary level of professionalism and expertise for better service delivery.