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National Assembly urges military to reduce crime, insecurity

04 February 2014, 15:15

Abuja - Senator George Sekibo, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and Army, had urged members of the armed forces to reduce incidences of crime and insecurity in the country.

Sekibo made the call on Monday in Abuja at the inauguration of the new Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) Quarters in Karu.

He said "I urge you to spare no effort in the task of reducing incidences of crime and insecurity affecting our nation.

"I charge you therefore to continue to be loyal to civil authority, protect our national sovereignty and defend our constitution."

The chairman expressed gratitude over the onerous tasks carried out by the armed forces in dealing with the Boko Haram threat and other extremists, as well as economic saboteurs and social miscreants.

He said he was pleased with the superlative standard of the buildings which fit into the quality of structure which had become the trade mark of projects in DIA.

"Particularly gladsome is the fact that you squeezed the funding of these projects from your lean purse.

"Above all, you did not allow this extra-ordinary performance to negatively affect your primary responsibility of providing timely intelligence for management of security in the Nigerian state," he added.

On his part, the Supervising Minister of Defence, Labaran Maku, commended the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Sani Audu, for providing quality accommodation for staff of the agency.

Maku, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Aliyu Ismalia, said the provision of decent accommodation for the workforce was vital in the president’s agenda.

"In the space of two years, this is the third state of art structure that is being commissioned by the Defence Intelligence Agency,’’ he said.

Earlier, the chief of defence intelligence had said that the event was part of the realisation of his vision to provide a befitting residential accommodation for staff of the agency.

Audu said that the need to provide decent accommodation could not be overemphasised, as it would ensure closer interaction and integration among staff and their families and enable greater command and communication.

He said the building complex, which started in the second quarter of 2012, was made up of five blocks each with four bedroom flats and a one-bedroom detached boy’s quarters.

"This makes a total of 30 apartments of four suite bedrooms and 30 suite boys’ quarters.

"In addition, there is a modern community centre for the use and leisure of staff and childrens’ playground.

"Adequate parking space has been provided with back-up power system and access control measures to enhance the security of the complex,’’ he noted.

Audu added that a total of 60 staff of the agency and their families would be accommodated in the quarters.

-  NAN


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