By Festus Ahon
ASABA—Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), weekend, said that the Federal Government would continue to tackle the security threat posed by Fulani herdsmen in the country.
Dambazua, in Asaba, Delta State, while fielding questions from newsmen, noted with regret that most parts of the country were experiencing one form of security challenge or another.
He said that the ministry was doing everything possible to tackle the challenges by way of capacity building and equipment of the security agencies, adding that the ministry was the hub of public safety in Nigeria.
The minister said that Federal Government was concerned about the security of the lives of all Nigerians, adding that the security challenge posed by Fulani herdsmen was a national issue.
Speaking earlier during a courtesy call on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Dambazua thanked the state government for providing a building to accommodate a second Passport Office in Warri, adding that the Warri office would facilitate the issuance of passports to deserving people of the state.
Receiving the minister at the state Government House, Asaba, Governor Okowa stressed the need for public spirited individuals and corporate bodies to partner government in the reformation of prison inmates in the country.
Okowa decried the present state of the nation’s prisons and its effects on the reformation process for the inmates and called on corporate organisations and individuals to support the Prison Service in easing the hardship being faced by inmates and the reformation process.
He said: “Our prisons are overflowing with inmates, this is not limited to the state but nation-wide. The reform process of the prisons is difficult to manage with the kind of population in the prisons. I urge public spirited individuals to partner government to see what we can provide to ease the hardship so that the reformation process can be carried out.”
Okowa said that his administration would provide a few vehicles to the prisons to help them improve on their services.
While acknowledging the efforts of the Immigration Service in the reduction of illegal immigrants in the state, he appealed to the minister to look into the expatriate’s quota of some of the oil companies operating in the state so as to provide jobs for Nigerians.