TALENT, TECHNOLOGY AND TEAMWORK ARE IMPERATIVE FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL MANDATE ON INTERNAL SECURITY

– PHILLIPS CONSULTING

To enhance Security, Safety and Citizenship Integrity in Nigeria, and deliver on the promise made by Mr. President in his June 12 speech to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the course of 10 years, the Ministry of Interior and its four para-military agencies have been tasked by the Federal Government with specific projects to be delivered as a matter of priority – by 2023.

The Ministry of Interior engaged Phillips Consulting (PCL.), to design and facilitate a two-day strategy retreat on the theme – Driving Performance in Achieving The Presidential Mandate on Nigeria’s Internal Security. The retreat held on the 10th and 11th January 2020, in Osun State. It was designed to generate innovative strategies, policies and programmes for reforming Nigeria’s internal security agencies, thus enabling them to further address the challenge of insecurity in the country. There was a significant focus on how the Ministry will execute the projects and programmes that will deliver the mandate.

In attendance at the retreat were a number of dignitaries including Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola – the Honourable Minister for Interior, His Excellency – Gboyega Oyetola, the Executive Governor of the State of Osun, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah – Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, heads of the four para-military agencies, many traditional rulers in the State and other eminent personalities.

While presenting his speech on “The Case for Change and Impact on Human and Capital Development”, Foluso Phillips, the chairman of PCL., highlighted factors which would drive performance including adoption of innovative funding models to address the perennial challenge of insufficient funds; digital transformation and broader deployment of digital technologies for improved service delivery; and most importantly, improved systems for managing talent which constitutes the core of the agencies’ delivery capacity. He stressed the importance of character over competence and recommended that leadership of the Ministry, CDCFISB Board and Paramilitary agencies should ensure that their people were given the best training and development, adequately empowered and appropriately deployed.

The retreat was wrapped up by the managing director of PCL., Rob Taiwo. He discussed the key essentials for successful strategic delivery. He provided insights into why strategic projects fail, with a particular focus on cost increment and scope creep. He explained the power of purpose and how it is important for the presidential mandate and its underlying rationale to be shared across all facets of the ministry and its supporting agencies. He clarified the need for urgency in a fast-changing world. He described the importance of governance, key performance indicators and identifying funding sources for the entire project lifecycle.

The entire leadership of the ministry led by the Honorable Minister, Ogebeni Rauf Aregbesola, left the retreat with a set of strategically aligned plans that will deliver the presidential mandate in a collaborative and accelerated way.

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