By Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”PRESIDENT Umaru Yarâ€™Adua yesterday pledged Federal Government’s commitment towards the well-being of the men and women of the nationâ€™s security agencies by providing them with basic social amenities at all times.
He said government would continue to support the operations of the State Security Service (SSS) and other security agencies with a view to providing a secured environment for sustained inflow of foreign direct investments into the country.
Speaking through Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan during the commissioning of the Verity Gardens and Court, a housing estate for officials of the SSS in Abuja, the President said government is conscious of the vital role of the security agencies in the country.
According to him, government is aware of the fact that housing and security form the foundation upon which other items of the 7-point agenda are to be built; saying that â€œwe are determined to ensure a secure nation in its quest for the attainment of the Vision 20-2020 aspirationâ€.
â€œGlobally, security is very critical to the socio-economic development of nations. It is therefore the determination of the present administration to give full support and encouragement to the SSS and other security agencies who are working tirelessly day and night to ensure the security of the nation.
â€œAs an administration, we have managed a series of very serious security challenges since inception. The input of the Service (SSS) has been invaluable in the effective handling of these challenges.
The President also praised the management and staff of the SSS for contributing immensely towards the reduction of youth restiveness in the society and the management of the challenges in the national threat profile.
Dr. Jonathan thereafter commissioned the housing estate and its medical centre on behalf of President
Yarâ€™Adua, after which he was conducted around facilities in the premises.
In his remarks, the Director-General of the SSS, Afakriya Gadzama, said the agency was motivated to build the housing estate as a result of inadequate residential and office accommodation for its personnel and thanked Mr. President and members of the National Assembly for their support for the Service.