The Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Bichi has called for cooperation and partnership amomg security and law enforcement agencies to tackle security challenges in the country.
The DSS DG made the call on Thursday during the monthly meeting of forum of spokespersons of security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) held on 25th april, 2019 at the National Headquarters, State Services, Abuja.
Bichi said Inter-agency synergy has, no doubt, become the new paradigm of law enforcement and security management in today’s world.
He explained that Security and law enforcement agencies must continue to collaborate and partner not only to ensure national security, but provide an environment that will help Nigeria attain her development goals economically, politically, socially and culturally.
“As part of global best practice and effective approach to security management, partnership and collaboration among stakeholders is imperative,” he said
He added: “Today, our country is bedeviled with varied security challenges. The dynamics of contemporary threats such as kidnapping, terrorism, insurgency, cattle rustling, cyber crime and other forms of organized criminal activities – human, drug and currency trafficking which are confronting Nigeria require joint efforts to combat them.
“We must therefore be resolute and remain strong in the face of these challenges.
“Each agency must bring it wealth of experience and comparative advantage to compliment the effort of another. With unity of purpose, we can surmount the challenges and keep Nigeria one and free from violence and crime.
The Director noted that FOSSRA was borne out of the need to enhance cooperation and effective communication among the security agencies.
“It is to help them speak with one voice on issues of national security interest and seamlessly coordinate emergency/disaster response where necessary.
He therefore urged them as “gatekeepers and frontline managers of public communication” to bring up ideas that will build trust and promote public confidence in security agencies.
“As public speakers for these agencies, I urge you to continually use language that conforms with democratic culture.
“In order to successfully achieve this, you must understand and respect the delicate balance between protecting the state and citizens. Remain steadfast, committed and loyal to the course.
“I therefore charge you to rededicate yourselves to the service of your fatherland,” he said.