Wea��re a worried about insecurity in Nigeria, says US

The Unites States (US) says it is concerned about the prevailing insecurity in Nigeria.
The countrya��s position came on Monday in Abuja from its Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, at the inauguration of the steering committee for the implementation of Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Joint Country Action Plan (JCAP) between the two countries.
Stuart said that Washington is concerned about the security and safety of Nigerians.
The envoy was however optimistic that partnership was key to addressing insecurity in Nigeria.
He commended the efforts of the Federal Government and called for more actions from all stakeholders in ensuring the implementation of the agreement under the SGI.
JCAP, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) is designed to address the challenges of insecurity in the North East and Niger Delta regions.
The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahaman Danbazau (rtd) inaugurated the committee.
Dambazau said that the essence of the partnership was to improve Nigerian security governance, and build capacity to address security threat in the country.
He said that the JCAP was developed by both partners to address such issues mentioned and the road map to implementing the programme was also stated.
a�?The SGI, which is a partnership between Nigeria and US, is designed to improve security governance and capacity ranging from policing in the North East and Niger Delta to emergency response protocols and defence acquisition.
a�?The JCAP which was adopted and signed in May 2017, outlines the roadmap for a successful bilateral engagement under the SGI.
a�?The JCAP outlines three thematic focus areas that are centred on strengthening the effectiveness of the security institutions and the criminal justice system. The challenges to security governance, desired end state, intermediate objectives and recommendations are all encompassed in these three focal areas,a�? he said
According to him the areas include, Ministry of Interior Nationwide Emergency Response Planning and Coordination, and Ministry of Defence Materiel Needs Identification, Procurement and Acquisition Procedures and Processes
Others, he said, are civilian security planning for the North East and the Niger Delta.
The Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), represented by Dr. Hassan Abdullahi, an official of the ministry, commended the JCAP, which he said, was focused on strengthening the security agency in Nigeria.

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