The newly appointed Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Bello Dambazau has declared zero tolerance for corruption in the ministry.
Dambazau, who resumed office on the evening of Thursday, October 12, said “my leadership will have zero tolerance for corruption, indolence, sectarianism, cronyism, and most of all, impunity.”
While addressing the service chiefs on assumption of office, he charged them to guide people’s trust jealously, stressing that, “leadership at all levels will be held accountable. We must be transparent in all we do, bearing in mind the significance of due process and the rule of law.”
The minister commended the service chiefs and the staff of the ministry for their efforts, stating that the departments and services under the ministry, over the years, had served quite creditably despite challenges.
He noted that the challenges mainly in areas of human capacity, equipment and logistics were in tune with modern realities, arising challenges brought about by technologies.
“The idea of security has moved away from the traditional state centric approach to one which is people oriented, human security approach,” he stated.
While stressing the need for wholesome reform in the ministry, Dambazau pointed out that much was needed for the ministry to match all global standard and practices, especially in areas of technological infrastructure.
He urged the service chiefs to join hands in making Nigeria a safe place as well as an attractive one to foreign investors and tourists.
He pledged to improve on all levels of welfare, logistics and general workplace safety of staff of the ministry.
The minister, who promised to run an all inclusive government, stated that ideas that are new, practicable and cost effective would be welcomed.
Earlier, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Bassey Ekpeyong, who described the minister as a man with very limited magnitude for corrupt practices, noted that the task ahead was enormous but will be surmountable as the ministry was piloted by an amiable leader, adding that due to the various issues which had rocked the ministry in time past, the new administration was ready to erase all that and deliver on its services to Nigerians in the coming days.

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