Nigeria's New Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has assured to embark on comprehensive reforms in key sectors under his ministry to enhance their operational capabilities.
In a video broadcast on Sunday, Tunji-Ojo reaffirmed his commitment to executing the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a transformative plan aimed at revamping sectors.
The four sectors include the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCOs), the Federal Fire Service (FFS) as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Tunji-Ojo while acknowledging the leadership of Tinubu, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve and promised to uphold the responsibilities entrusted to him.
He emphasized that his focus would be on ensuring that the government’s promises translate into meaningful action, making a positive impact on the lives of Nigerians.
The minister pledged to do all he could within his capacity not to disappoint the president in terms of the implementation of the “Renewed Hope Agenda”.
In addressing challenges relating to NIS, the minister highlighted his determination to enhance the experience of Nigerians seeking to register and obtain passports for various purposes.
“I assure Nigerians of our desire to proceed with reforms in our NIS, such that Nigerians can be treated with respect, and that we get to unblock all bottlenecks of passport collections,” he stressed.
Besides, Tunji-Ojo said he would ensure the decongestion in NCoS custodial centers as well as providing inmates with the opportunity for rehabilitation and reintegration into the society.
Tunji-Ojo further said that on the proposed reforms for the FFS, he would ensure that response times to emergencies were enhanced.
“We will do everything within our power as a ministry to ensure that there are key reforms in the nation’s fire service centers and turn around the response time to say 15 minutes.
“The commitment further reflects the administration’s recognition of the critical role played by the service in safeguarding citizens and infrastructure.”
“I assure Nigerians that under my leadership as the Minister of Interior, I will not rest on my promise of taking a clue from the zeal, determination and commitment of the President,”