Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s allocation of portfolios to newly appointed ministers on Wednesday, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has hit the ground running.
Aregbesola immediately visited the ministry and acquainted himself with the Permanent Secretary, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah and the top management of the ministry, vowing to reshape the ministry positively.
“We will change the narrative of internal security,” the new minister said.
Aregbesola instructed Ehuriah, who had been in charge since the dissolution of the last cabinet, to continue running the ministry until Monday when he will formally take over.
“I will come to take over on Monday. I give the Permanent Secretary the grace to run the ministry till then. We will be ready by Monday to take on the huge assignment,” the former Osun State governor said.
He assured the staff of the ministry and personnel of all paramilitary agencies under its purview of purposeful leadership.
He said: “I promise you a realistic, reasonable and commendable leadership,” urging the staff of the ministry to be ready for more work as he will be demanding much more from them.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry welcomed the minister to the ministry, saying that the ministry needed a focused person like him to lead it because of its strategic position in the security architecture of the country.
She said the proper handing over ceremony will take place on Monday.
On Thursday, the minister started a tour of the agencies under the Ministry of Interior.
At the the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Aregbesola said the outfit will, among other activities, pay attention to intelligence gathering.
He said the NSCDC will not rest on its oars as it provides support for the leading security agencies in the country, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari’s major concern is how to improve security and the economy and fight corruption.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah said the minister was the best candidate to take the ministry to the next level.