Ministry of Interior Unveils Strategic Initiatives to Enhance Service Delivery

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The Ministry of Interior is leveraging advanced technology such as biometrics, artificial intelligence, and advanced surveillance systems, to enhance security and operational efficiency across its various departments and agencies.

This initiative includes the integration of digital tools and platforms to streamline administrative processes, improve data management, and facilitate real-time intelligence sharing among security agencies.

During a three-day top management retreat that was held from 24th to 26th May, 2024, the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, said the Ministry aims to strengthen capabilities in crime prevention, border control, and emergency response.

The retreat, which brought together senior officers from the Ministry and its agencies, emphasised a result-driven approach to enhance efficiency, security, and innovation across all operations.

Dr. Tunji-Ojo reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Bola Tinubu's administration and urged staff to adopt a business-minded approach to public administration.

He said: “We must run public administration with the same diligence as private business. This mindset is crucial for driving the excellence we aspire to achieve in our public offices.”

Dr. Tunji-Ojo also outlined several key actions to be undertaken. He stressed the critical role of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in protecting national assets and called for a specialised focus on preventing pipeline vandalism and securing educational institutions, among other critical infrastructure.

Addressing the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), the Minister advocated for substantial policy reforms to transform correctional centres. He highlighted the need for policies that protect fundamental human rights and reduce the number of non-violent inmates awaiting trial.

“We must ensure our correctional facilities are truly rehabilitative and aligned with the President's Renewed Hope Agenda,” he stated.

Dr. Tunji-Ojo further articulated his vision for a holistic improvement across all agencies under the Ministry of Interior. “By the time I’m done as Minister of Interior, I do not want to be remembered only as the Minister of the Nigeria Immigration Service; I want to be remembered as the Minister of Interior,” he stated.

He noted the importance of performance metrics and accountability and urged the management to consistently evaluate their operations against the Ministry’s Scorecard and make necessary adjustments to meet and exceed targets.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Aishetu Gogo Ndayako, reinforced the Ministry’s dedication to these strategic initiatives. “Our mission is to translate the President’s vision for a safer Nigeria into actionable steps,” she said.

Dr. Ndayako also called for a collaborative approach, urging all participants to engage fully, share insights, and commit to innovative solutions. She concluded by stressing the importance of integrity and excellence in public service.

“Our actions have a direct impact on the safety and well-being of our nation. We must lead by example and uphold the highest standards of integrity,” she said.

The retreat ended with a strong resolve to implement the various strategies proposed and improve service delivery, to ensure a safer and more secure Nigeria for all citizens.

Ozoya Imohimi
Director (Press & Public Relations)

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