The Federal Government will partner with the Chinese Government in addressing security challenges facing the country, Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammad Dingyadi, has said.
According to a statement by Mr Bolaji Kazeem, the Head, Press, and Public Relations Unit in the ministry, on Wednesday, April 28, Dingyadi spoke when he received the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Cui Jianchun.
Dingyadi noted that the entire world was aware of the current security challenges in Nigeria; but stressed the need for collaboration to address them.
He listed those challenges as terrorism and banditry in the North East, North West, and North Central with secessionist movement, kidnapping, and other criminal activities in the South East.
According to him, Nigeria is not the only country facing these problems in Africa as its neighbouring countries also share in these problems.
He said that with the support of the international community those problems would be solved.
Dingyadi, however, noted that the issue of security challenges could not be separated from poverty and unemployment.
He added that the Federal Government was intensifying efforts to address them through its poverty alleviation programmes.
He said that the government had created opportunities for youths; in the various sectors of the economy to curb a drift to criminal activities.
Dingyadi said that steps were being taken to boost the morale of security personnel; and motivate them to ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
He said that the process to reactivate the CCTV project under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) through the selection of concessioners; among the private organisations that bided for the project had begun.
Earlier, the Chinese Ambassador noted that China and Nigeria had maintained a diplomatic relationship for more than 50 years; adding that there was need to improve on the bilateral relations and intelligence sharing.
Jianchun also said there was a need to build strategies for both countries to work together; in the areas of politics, economy, military cooperation, ICT, security, and infrastructure.