The governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has lent his support to a framework that will help promote inter-security agency collaboration in the country.
He spoke in Owerri on Thursday at a lecture organized by the Army leadership as part of activities to mark the 2022 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) holding in Imo State.
The lecture with the theme; ‘Curbing Insecurity in Nigeria and the Imperative of Inter-Security Agency Collaboration and Coordination’ was delivered by foremost economist, Prof. Osita Ogbu.
Governor Uzodimma assured security agencies-Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, DSS, the Civil Defence and the para-military agencies of his readiness to support a framework that will lead to their collaboration.
He hinted that inter-security agency collaboration has recorded huge successes in Imo State hence the model should be considered for adoption by the authorities.
The governor said the Army has improved both in “professional competence and intellectual prowess and has in many ways justified the confidence reposed in them by the government and people of Nigeria”.
Governor Uzodimma expressed his happiness over the level of patriotism expressed by the Army in her struggle to safeguard the territorial integrity of Nigeria, including the residents and the Nigerian assets.
He wondered what would have been the fate of Nigeria without the resilience of the Armed Forces working with sister agencies, and urged them not to be “deterred or daunted because no matter how much you try in your patriotism and professionalism there must be criticisms”.
He endorsed the recommendations of the lecturer that the political leaders have a role to play in “bringing all the security agencies together and making them to understand that the interest of the country should come first before their own interest”.
He therefore called for all hands to be on deck to contribute their different quotas towards national development.
The governor, who expressed happiness with the choice of Imo State for the 2022 Army Day celebration, acknowledged that the programme has strengthened the security in the state and restored confidence in the people.
Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya said that “the lecture, discussions and contributions were designed to allow people from other sectors to contribute their ideas to enable the Army improve their cooperation and coordination to improve on the fight against insecurity and their professional competence”.
He conceded that there are still areas begging for improvement on the activities of Army operations and assured that the take home from the celebration will assist the Army in greater effectiveness.
He emphasized character in effective professionalism, noting that every nation has its own peculiarities which guide their philosophy in their military and defence operations.
In his lecture, Prof. Ogbu brought to the fore the issue of character, as a tool to efficient and effective leadership both in the Army and other inter-security agencies.
He regretted that there is no blueprint yet that harmonizes the inter-security agency collaborations and coordination, hence all agencies tend to work on parallel lines.