Mr. Lawal Daura, Director General of the State Service, has identified new blood and new vigour as dire needs for the Department of State Services (DSS) to tackle the challenges of insecurity and the fight against corruption in the country.
Daura, who spoke weekend at the commissioning of 385 cadet officers of the DSS in Lagos, stated that the commissioning was an attempt by the Service to rejuvenate itself through injection of new blood and new vigour
He noted that any institution that fails to change with the times or periodically re-evaluate itself would ultimately become irrelevant or extinct.
DSS DG said: “I believe the Service requires new blood and new vigour to tackle the challenges of insecurity, the fight against corruption the war to resuscitate the economy. These are the key areas the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to tackle and the Department of State Service has seamlessly keyed into them.”
Daura stressed the need for officers to uphold the values and ethics of the Service as advancement in the career was hinged on knowledge of the rules and regulation as well as quality of professional skills demonstrated by an individual officer.
“During your training, the values of discipline, loyalty and commitment to duty were constantly drilled into you. Discipline within the Service cannot be over looked or compromised. It is the bedrock upon which the Service is built. You must familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations of the Service. Any breach of the said rules and regulations will not be accepted,” he said.
The DSS weekend, in Lagos, commissioned 385 cadet officers in a bid to combat the rising security challenges in the country.
The 385 officers were the lucky ones out of the 459 cadet officers that went through 10 months of rigorous professional, academic and physical training and were certified fit to serve the nation in their capacity as members of DSS.
The officers were commissioned amidst promises by the DSS to collaborate more with other sister security agencies in its fight against insecurity and to ensure that recruitment into the Service was merit-based in keeping with its extant guidelines.
Daura warned that gone were the days when misfits or non-eligible candidates found their way into the Service.
“The aim is to ensure that only the right calibers of people are recruited into the Service.
Recruitment will be strictly in accordance with future needs of the Service and other compelling exigencies that may come up from time to time, ”he said.
By Patrick Aigbokhan