The Sokoto State Government has assured the State Security Service, SSS Command that it will soon take possession of surveillance equipment to facilitate its operations in bandit-prone areas and criminal hideouts.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal made this known when he attended the presentation of seniority awards to SSS officers by the Director General of State Service at the command compound in the state capital.
Governor Tambuwal also called on the Nigerian government to improve the welfare and welfare of security personnel.
“The SPZ machine is on the way and we will continue to reach out to federal government agencies and leaders of organizations and even those individuals who can support the services, so that we can continue to support you.
“We don’t have to procure the equipment ourselves.
Provisioning can be done by you.
We can process them and have all the equipment you need to improve and improve the Services.
“We are not going to rest.
We are not tired.
There was hardly any time we were approached by the Service or any state security agency asking for our help that we fell into their hands.
Your government, the Sokoto State Government, has done everything humanly possible to support these services,” Governor Tambuwal said.
Commitment to welfare and work Reiterating that the government’s commitment to the welfare and working conditions of security officers “is not too much” but “very high and heavy”, the governor said ” I think we can’t do anything without a safe and secure Nigeria.
“That being the case, those on the front line should be given the attention they deserve,” he added.
He also commended SSS senior leadership for the awards initiative, “which is clearly aimed at inspiring Service members to do more.
He said appreciating those who have done well will naturally inspire Service members to do more and commit even more.
“What you do for us is very important and should not be taken for granted.
So, on behalf of the people of Sokoto State, I commend the members of this service and other state security services for all their efforts over the years, especially over the past five years which have been very troubling and trying times in the history of this state.
“We haven’t had a period since the rise of the modern Sokoto state that has witnessed as many security challenges as the past five years.
And, the members of this service of this command have been deeply involved in doing their best; and give their lives, make every sacrifice for us to stem the tide, along with other state security services.
“I salute the synergy between all state services,” he said.
He commended the SSS State Director, Alhaji Yahaya Hassan, for his tireless efforts in fulfilling his constitutional mandate.
“Since taking office, he has been in constant contact with me and other heads of security agencies, providing intelligence, guiding them and sometimes getting directly involved in operations.
It was quite remarkable.
“I congratulate the eight officers (recipients) for the recognition and awards.
This should inspire you to do more.
You must not rest on your oars.
Please, this should give you an extra boost to do more in the service of your country,” he noted.
On his Chief Security Officer, CSO, Mallam Aminu Muhammad Musa, who was among the laureates, Governor Tambuwal observed that: “during his 21 years in service, by June this year , he will be 11 years old with me.
“I’m sure, for those of you who know me, you know it’s not easy working with me.
I know the complaints around.
Someone works with me, day after day, no Sunday, no Friday; and, wherever I am, and, so that I don’t seek his redeployment as my CSO, from the turbulent times when I was Speaker of the House of Representatives until now, you should know that an officer is an officer who deserves to be called an officer.
“I single out Mallam Aminu Musa for recognition and congratulate you on this award for service by DG SSS.
I pray that Almighty God will continue to guide and protect you,” he said.
Governor Tambuwal called on officers to devote more time to their families at every opportunity and to pray for God’s guidance in the rest of their lives.
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