About Abba Moro
Before his appointment as minister, Comrade Moro was a household name in activism and Benue politics. He was Executive Chairman of Okpokwu Local Government Area and Chairman, ALGON, Benue State Chapter between 1998 and 2006. Always decked in green khaki fatigue and sporting a Fidel Castro type of mocking beard to buttress his progressive leaning, he delivered concrete developmental deliverables to the grass roots with strict adherence to due process. In one of his public outings in Benue State he declared: ‘‘The temptation to loot the treasury is high but we must resist it for there is great wisdom in service to the people who have reposed enormous confidence in us”.
By April 2000, when the then governor and current senator, George Akume paid official visit to Okpokwu, he praised Comrade Moro for transforming Okpokwu and for making accountability and transparency his watchwords as ALGON boss. At this period when most council chairmen were yet to settle down to work, Comrade moro had completed many projects for Governor Akume to commission. They are five clinics in Ejoga, Ede , Oklenyi, Ogene, Otobi, Jerico, Ojapo Ogodumu, Effiom and Ogege; tap water projects, several bore holes, bridges and culverts were constructed across Okpokwu. The most strategic of them is the Odenigbo bridge linking Benue and Enugu state.
Mr Moro’s unusual approach to governance yielded bountiful dividends of democracy in several spheres of live to Nigerians during his tenure as Interior Minister. The Ministry of Interior under Mr Moro made significant progress in repositioning the NIS, NPS, NSCDC and FFS for the maintenance of internal security and fostering citizenship integrity in Nigeria. When in office, his antecedents, provided visionary and transformational leadership for the Ministry of Interior. He didn’t only consolidate on the gains the Ministry made under his predecessor, but also expanded on its scope tremendously by showing a deep understanding of his assignment.
Notable Projects under Minister Moro’s leadership are:
a) Automation of citizenship, business permits and expatriate quota administration to enhance processing of citizenship and expatriate quota application within one week.
b) Computerization of the Headquarters /Networking to facilitate service delivery.
c) Completion of 1st phase State Comptroller Flag House for Nigeria Immigration Service at Abia, Benue, Kebbi and Kogi States to provide befitting office accommodation to staff for servicedelivery.
d) Construction of Command office complex for Nigeria Prisons Service at Abia, Imo and Kebbi States to provide befitting office accommodation to staff for service delivery.
e) Establishment of e-Law library in the Ministry headquarters in order to access more documents and materials from other libraries across the world.
f) Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and programmes of the Para- military Services by the Ministry in the 36 States and FCT. The Ministry also evaluated the e-passport scheme in the following Nigeria Missions: Uk, South Africa, India, China, Spain and US to ensure utilization of funds appropriated for the projects.
g) Laying the foundation of Para-Military Village Housing Scheme development Project at Kyani District, FCT Abuja by President Jonathan on 21st May, 2013. This aimed at providing adequate and decent accommodation to officers and men of the Para-Military Services under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior.
Notable Projects under Minister Moro’s leadership are:
Nigeria Immigration Service
NIS, in the fulfillment of its mandate as a security institution, recorded some remarkable achievements under the Okpokwu Son. During the period under review, the following programmes /projects which were embarked upon were successfully completed:
1. A Passport Complex Annex located in the premises of Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja was completed, furnished and commissioned in December, 2012 to provide befitting office accommodation to staff for service delivery.
2. Completion of a block of 18 Nos. one-bedroom flats as staff quarters for Junior staff at the Service Headquarters, Sauka, Abuja, to provide decent accommodation to officers and men of Nigeria Immigration service to enhance their productivity.
3. Completion of access road /drainage facilities from the main gate to Senior Staff quarters at Service Headquarters for easy movement of officers and men of Nigeria Immigration Service.
4. Completion of Library/ ICT Centre at the Service Headquarters and occupied in order to access more documents and materials from other libraries across the world.
5. A block of 8 no. Two-Bedroom flats at Service Headquarters completed and occupied.
6. Completion of 10 rooms hostel at Immigration Training School, Ahoada, Rivers State to provide adequate and modern accommodation for the trainees.
7. Completion of Passport Office, Alausa, Lagos to provide adequate facilities for processing of Nigeria e-passport.
8. Completion and commissioning of Zonal passport office in Lagos in May, 2013 to decentralise issuance of e-passport on time.
Nigeria Prisons Service
1. A storey building cell block at Kaduna Prison is at completed.
2. A storey block for about two hundred and twelve (212) inmates was completed at Kano Central Prison to provide adequate accommodation for the inmates.
3. A storey block for one hundred and thirty six (136) inmates was completed at Aba Prison to provide adequate accommodation for the inmates.
4. Completion and commissioning of Borstal Training Institute Clinic Kaduna February 2013 to provide medical service for officers.
5. Prisons Barracks Hospital completed and commissioned
6. Commissioning of newly built modern prison in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State to provide adequate accommodation for the inmates.
7. Commissioned staff school at the Headquarters of the Nigeria Prison Service by the First Lady in April, 2013.
8. Five hundred and twenty five (525) Englon Cars were procured and distributed on loan to interested Prisons Staff across the country under Maple Cars Scheme to motivate them and enhancetheir service delivery.
9. 101 units of 2 and 3 bedroom flats for senior and junior staff were completed and occupied at the Prisons Village, Abuja.
10. 690 inmates were resettled with tools under the Inmate Training and Resettlement Programme (ITPR).
11. HIV/AIDS programme for inmates and staff – capacity building, HIV counselling and training, enhancement of access to treatment through collaboration with other stakeholders – NGOs, TeachingHospitals, NACA etc.
12. Twenty (20) Prisons officers sent outside the country on United Nations Peace – Keeping Mission as follows: Sudan 14, Liberia 2, Congo 1, and Darfur
Federal Fire Service
1. The Federal Fire Service, as a measure to improve the operational capability and effectiveness of fire fighters in the country, carried out many training programmes to enhance the capacity and resource development of her staff and other Agencies under the Okpokwu son.
2. Abba upgraded the Facilities at the National Fire Academy to meet international standards and to ensure that the highest professional training is met.
3. In order to curtail the annual colossal loss to fire outbreaks in the country, the Service was developed an Automatic Fire Alert System, in conjunction with a private company (on a Public Private Partnership “PPP” arrangement) which was commissioned by then FCT Minister Bala Mohammed on October 2012, at the Federal Fire Service Headquarters. This system activates as soon as smoke is detected and sends an alert to the Fire Service and the owner of the property.
4. The Federal Fire Service, together with other stakeholders, developed a Draft National Fire Safety Code. The purpose of this code is to prescribe the minimum standards necessary for the establishment of a reasonable level of reduction in fire outbreaks thereby ensuring life safety and property protection from hazards resulting from fire, explosion and other dangerous conditions constituting imminent perils to lives, livestock and properties.
5. Review of building plans and specifications for life safety and fire protection systems, access, means of egress, water supplies, processes, hazardous materials and other related matters, including existing occupancies and conditions, the design and construction of new buildings, alterations of and additions to existing buildings. While commissioning the projects at the Civil Defence academy Sauka, Abuja, Abba Moro noted that one of the greatest problems that Nigeria faces" is the problem of policy somersault by ministers and government agents officials abandoning projects inherited from the previous government on the mere excuse that they were not awarded or conceived by them". This statement gave me a hope that if elected, he will continue from where Sen. Mark stop to complete the unfinished work of David Mark
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps:
Abba promised to reposition the Civil Defence Corps. One this is that, he made a strong case for the Federal Government to arm the Civil Defence Corps
1. Completion of Block of 6 units of 2 Bedroom flat at Sauka Abuja to provide decent accommodation for the corps.
2. Completion of Administrative Block at Sauka Abuja to provide office accommodation to staff service delivery
3. Completion of indoor sporting complex to ensure that the officers are physically fit
4. Completion of a storey building (Admin Block) at Katsina to provide adequate accommodation for the corps.
5. Completion of block of 36 units of one Bedroom at Katsina to provide decent accommodation to officers to enhance their productivity
6. Implementation of database development for all private security operative to provide internal security
7. Anti-vandalism Drive to reduce vandalism in the country
8. Disaster management to ensure that the adequate steps are taken to forestall any imminent disasters.
9. 7,500 officers in its three colleges, namely: Civil Defence Academy, Sauka; College of Peace and Disaster Studies, Katsina and College of Security Management, Abeokuta.
10. 5,000 officers and men in counter terrorism and insurgency operations.
11. Response to incidences involving Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Substances (ICDO) in Belarus.