Key Note Address Delivered By IGP Solomon E. Arase, Fdc, Npm,The Inspector-General Of Police At The 2nd Roundtable On Security Stabilisation In The North East Hosted By The Nigeria Police Force On 17th March, 2016
I amhighly delighted to welcome you to another session of Round-table on security stabilisation in the north-east. This rare opportunity of having close interaction with various strategic stakeholders and non-state actors within our national security framework is a follow-up to a similar event that took place sometime last month in Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja where critical issues on police primacy, re-integration and security stabilization in north eastern region of the country were discussed. It is indeed, a rare privilege that I am again being accorded the honour to host this follow-up roundtable engagement.
- It is commendable that efforts and strategies of the Federal Government in combating the menace of terrorism in the country havestarted yielding tremendous success.This noble feat of winning the war and the sincere effort at maintaining the peace as encouraged and supported by the President and Commander-in-Chief, President MuhammaduBuhari, GCFR have further strengthened and propelled our determination at ending the monster of terrorism in our dear nation. TheSuccesses so recorded, can best be consolidated with sincere and workable planswhich are expected to be the outcome of this roundtable.
- Ladies and gentlemen, deliberations on security are a serious business and I expect the very best out of each and every one of you as contribution here will be a working guide for the Police in planning for its deployment for security stabilization, restoration of civil authority and re-establishment of the criminal justice institutions and system in the north east. As a guide to this round table, it is recalled that the previous session focused on:
- Re-establishing/strengthening public authority, safety and rule of law;
- Multi-agency collaboration;
- Effective coordination of state actors;
- Development of an integrated approach and a road map;
- Police take-over and restoration of public order, security and rule of law;
- Provision of adequate training for the Policeand other security agencies;
- Development of a strategic coordinating committee for stabilization.
- It is with joy I say that these points would not come to the table if the Military and the Police did not take the bold step of neutralising and sustaining the pressure on the terrorist elements. This shared vision of enhancing national, regional and global security can best be strengthened by strategic engagements of this nature which brings critical actors from various areas of professional competence together to evaluate and develop pathways built oninternational best practices and experiences from global climes.
- Following the outcome of the last Roundtable, the Nigeria Police has heightened it deployment process. In furtherance to this, massive human and material assets have been mobilised while the engagements of strategic stakeholders, particularly, the Military and local communities are also being pursued with vigour. I can confirm that by tomorrow Friday 18th March, 2016, the logistics procured and personnel mobilised for first Phase of the deployment will be launched.
- Meanwhile, the task that lies ahead of us this morning is to consolidate on what we have so far started as stated above by building on the following key points which will be a good guide for the process:
- Look at requirements for shared vision
- Structures that support interoperability of the Police/Military
- Systems that support the structure
- Required skills
- Staff concerns
- Safe, safer, safest- Agreed deployment criteria
- In conclusion, I want to use this opportunity to remind us that we cannot fail Nigeria because Nigeria has not failed us. Thus, our honest contributions on the deliberations will go a long way in changing the narratives in the northeast in particular, and Nigeria in general.
- Once again, I wish you a fruitful deliberation and thank you for finding time out of your busy schedule to attend this round table. May God bless Nigeria.