Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has said that going forward, promotion among the top echelon of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps will no longer be based on promotion exams alone.
He declared that capacity and ability to proffer solutions to current insecurity challenges and also forecast impending future threat and its solutions, will henceforth be factored in because, according to him, combating insecurity requires a superior ideology to be ahead of the criminals.
The Minister stated this on Thursday, at the launching of 12 Books authored by the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi at the headquarters of the Corps, Abuja.
He reiterated: “that as a Minister I do not care about what people say, I care only about capacity, ability to achieve and also what distinguishes you from others”.
Dr. Tunji-Ojo praised the author for his rear intellectual capacity in the manner he is commanding the corps and also engaging in scholastic exercise, which the Minister attributed to the peace the CG enjoyed from his wife.
While challenging officers and men of the corps that they can’t be busier than the CG, he emphasised that, ” ”you cannot give what you do not have”.
He maintained that knowledge is directly proportional to solving problems adding that CG Abubakar Ahmed Audi has demonstrated this in the reforms he instituted in the corps.
Dr. Tunji-Ojo stated he is considering initiating a Paramilitary Brain Trust to enhance synergy amongst paramilitary agencies to proffer solutions to emerging security challenges based on empirical study.
He said this certainly would only be achieved with establishing a functional library to all command offices no matter the location to stimulate study.
Speaking earlier in his welcome speech the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Dr. Abubakar Ahmed Audi said out of the twelve books to be launched, five was authored by him, while the remaining seven was co-authored with his friends.
He said the topics of the books centre on security sector, and assured that the publications provided insights as solutions while cautioning that if nothing is done, the challenge will linger further, citing instance with what is happening in Srilanka.
Dignitaries in attendance were Permanent Secretary Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, representative of the Secretary to Federal Government of the Federation, representative of the National Adviser to the President on security, Members of the Legislatures, traditional rulers and captains of industry.