The House of Representatives Committee on Interior has expressed its commitment to come up with legislation capable of boosting the nation’s internal security.
The Chairman, Ahmed Abdullahi, stated this on Wednesday during the inaugural meeting of the committee in Abuja.
The PUNCH reports that the Committee, established by Order 20(B) Rule 63 of the House Standing Orders, is mandated to oversee certain Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, following Section 62 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
The lawmaker who represents Musawa/Matazu Federal Constituency, Katsina State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, said the committee, made up of professionals and public servants of different backgrounds, is well positioned to deliver quality service to Nigerians
He noted that the task before the committee is to address the nation’s security challenges, with oversight responsibilities over the Ministry of Interior, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria Immigration Services and the Federal Fire Service.
He said, “To enhance internal security, we pledge unwavering legislative support, emphasising the deployment of technology and robust hardware.
“Our oversight activities will be comprehensive, ensuring value for allocated resources to the MDAs. Priority will be given to the welfare and provision of adequate equipment for our personnel, enabling swift responses to distress calls.”
He called on the committee members to contribute their ideas in the fight against internal insecurity, saying, “Let us collectively commit to positively contributing to the committee’s activities, justifying the confidence placed in us by the entire House.”