Members of the House of Representatives
Committee on National Security and Intelligence have urged the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), to upgrade its curricula to curb security challenges in the country.
The lawmakers spoke through their Committee chairman, Hon. Ibrahim Sha’aban sharada, (APC, Kano) during an oversight visit to the Institute in Abuja on Monday.
Sharada stressed the need to upgrade the curricula of the institute to address the current kidnapping trends, where ransoms are collected via bank accounts.
According to him, this will strengthen the Institute to enhance the capacity of the security personnel to address ridiculous cases of kidnaping and payment of ransom by using even the banks.
“I therefore, urge the institute to upgrade its curricula to reflect the realities of criminal mysteries in the changing world to overcome the syndrome of payment of ransome to the bandits via banks.
“I want the leadership of this institute to consider this exercise as an opportunity to justify the extent of your commitment in discharging your statutory mandate.
“There’s need for urgent improvement to standardise your services to relevant stakeholders for a better and well secured Nigeria,”he said.
The scope of the oversight would include the review of 2020 to 2021 implementation of the 2020 budget performance.
The chairman said that the committee was also intrested in the initiatives, strategies, innovations, challenges and achievements of the Institute.
According to him, this is to provide the committee the basis for a meaningful interactive session.
He urged the Institute to cooperate in providing useful information to enable the committee to discharge its work efficiently.
Earlier, the Commandant of the institute, Mr Ayodele Adeleke, described the institute as a “Centre of Excellence.”
He canvassed for increment in the budgetary allocation to the institute to enable it carry out its mandate effectively like her counterparts.
Also, the Deputy Commandant of the institute, Mr Didacus Igbeji, said that the institute runs a high level human capacity development.
He said that most participants are officers of grade level 15 and above, who are expected to become heads of their agencies in the near future.
According to him, this year, “we have about 34 agencies of government ranging from the military, the Police, Customs, among several others.”
He added that the essence is to build collaboration and synergy among security agencies to form a united response against insecurity.