The house of representatives committee on national security and intelligence has commended the Department of State Services (DSS) for “effective” intelligence service. Sha’aban Sharada, chairman of the committee, spoke on Tuesday when he led members of the committee to an oversight function at the DSS headquarters, in Abuja.
The lawmaker said kidnapping, banditry and terrorism have reduced in the country because of the DSS’ approach in delivering its statutory mandate. He commended Yusuf Bichi, director-general of DSS, for working to transform the service to “attain prominence” in protecting Nigerians. I want to use this medium to convey my gratitude to the management of the state security service under the leadership of Yusuf Bichi, a man of honour, vision and integrity.
This cherished, but rare attitude in many leaders may not be unconnected with his success in transforming the service to attain prominence in the protection of lives and property in Nigeria. “It is significant to note that the level of crime, especially kidnapping, banditry and terrorism has reduced considerably despite approaching the 2023 general election due to his inclusive approach of utilising stakeholders’ input in the delivery of its statutory mandate of the service.”
Also speaking, Adejoro Adeogun, deputy chairman of the committee, said his colleagues have had a good relationship with the DSS because of Bichi. “It is because of you that we have a fantastic relationship with the service. He has been a fantastic person,” he said. In his remarks, Bichi said the DSS will continue to spend its budgetary allocation judiciously. “I have to also register my appreciation to the leadership of the national assembly for their tireless support of the service,” he said.
“All that you have seen would not have been possible without your backing and support, and as such, we thank you immensely. “I want to promise you that whatever amount of money you appropriated to the service will be spent judiciously and when next you come, you will definitely see a lot of changes.”
The lawmakers were conducted around the DSS facility by Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesperson.