Emergency Rule Yielding Results, Says Interior Minister


Akin Akande, Abuja

Despite criticism against the declaration  state of emergency in the troubled three North-Eastern states, Minister of Interior, comrade Abba Moro on Wednesday said that the President’s action in those state is yielding desired results.

The Minister also gave assurance  that the nation would soon start experiencing peace.

Moro said this in Abuja while featuring at the  ongoing Ministerial platform where he said the emergency rule was part of government efforts to restore peace  to the areas affected by the insurgencies

While presenting the score card of his Ministry, the Minister noted with satisfaction the superlative efforts put in place by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in ensuring the protection of major assets of the nation which include oil pipelines and prevention of oil theft through bunkering among others.

He also noted  that NSCDC has also embarked on aggressive training and retraining of its standing armed squad  adding that a sizeable number of its armed personnel  trained are and working jointly with the Nigerian Army to enhance their capacity to face head on the present security challenges facing the nation

On the state of prisons across the country,  the Minister revealed that the Nigeria Prison Service has completed arrangements to use the Public Private Partnership model to manage the prisons farm centres in joint venture partnership management with Messrs Konsult Rabboni Limited for an initial pilot phase of 5years

He further disclosed that the bill to amend the Prison act has passed through the second reading at the National Assembly

The Federal Fire Service, the Minister said will soon be wearing a new look with the approval to set up 265 fire service stations across the country

He  disclosed that the Nigeria Immigration Service  will soon commence the construction of border control plazas; he also revealed that to further police the nation borders the mobile border patrol unit is being strengthen for effective surveillance.