Minister Of Defence, NASS take stocks on national security challenges

Minister Of Defence, NASS take stocks on national security challenges

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) and the  National Assembly have called for the strengthening of the Executive/Legislative Cooperation necessary to address the nation’s security challenges.

To this end, Magashi on Monday met with the Chairman House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Adegoke Benson.
The meeting, which was held behind closed doors had in attendance some members of the House Committee on Defence.

According to the Special Assistant Media and Publicity to the Minister of Defence, Mohammad Abdulkadri, the meeting between the Minister of Defence, the Chairman and members of House Committee on Defence came at a time when the clarion call by the stakeholders in the security sector for incremental budgetary consideration and allocation to the sector is before the National Assembly.

At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Defence briefed journalists that he was in the National Assembly to discuss issues concerning the needs of the ministry, assessment and commitment towards improved national security architecture as well as to explore the intervention by the National Assembly.

He said the meeting had achieved its intended objectives and set a new agenda for the Ministry and the National Assembly to remain united and committed to the task of combating insecurity for peace to reign in all the troubled spots.

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On his part the Chairman House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Adegoke Benson said the meeting provided a platform to compare notes and had a smooth stock taking on the nations security challenges and the way forward.

He said, committee members and the Minister of Defence examined other matters relating to monitoring performance index of the Military in Operational Zones, funding the various Military Campaigns and the need for seamless performance of the Oversight Functions of the legislators.

The Minister of Defence, who was accompanied on the visit to the National Assembly by some Directors in the Ministry of Defence and the Special Adviser on Technical Matters to the Minister, Major General Ahmed Tijanni Jibrin was received by the Director Liaison, National Assembly Major General Suleiman Idris and the Deputy Director Senate Commodore Habib Usman.

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