French President Emmanuel Macron has replaced the ministers of the interior and environment in a revamped government under new Prime Minister Jean Castex, the presidency said Monday.
Gerald Darmanin, until now budget minister, replaces Christophe Castaner as interior minister, a troubled portfolio owing to alleged racism and violence among police forces.
Barbara Pompili, a former member of France’s green party, is the new environment minister in place of Elisabeth Borne.
But Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Defence Minister Florence Parly and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire are all staying in their posts, top presidential aide Alexis Kohler told reporters at the Elysee Palace.
A Security Consultant says financial motivation remains a major challenge of security services in Nigeria in spite of efforts by the government.
Mr Mukhtar Dan’Iyan said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily where he discussed the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.
“It is very difficult for people to put their lives on the line when they feel that their welfare is not being properly taken care of,” he said.
He pointed out that when things go wrong for security agents in service, their families lose out completely most of the times and this affects their commitment to the fight against kidnapping and other crimes.
The security consultant also advised that in order to resolve the cases of kidnapping, there should be opportunities for young people to be gainfully employed either through the government or private enterprise.
“A lot of studies have shown that young people who are engaged in their communities via commerce or other enterprise are less likely to engage in crime,” he said.
Asides advising the government to ensure that youths are able to work and make money legitimately, he also advised the Police to involve more in community policing.
Dan’Iyan went further to say that the Nigerian Police needs to be looked into, claiming that the challenge with the Nigerian Police Force is “a large number (of Policemen) are involved in duties that have nothing to do with policing, including providing security to very important people.”
He explained that “the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is ruled under the Interior Ministry is a very positive step” because internal security, outside of the military, has been brought under same management.
The security consultant also commended the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, for being focused on reorienting the internal security services in the nation.
He added, “The fact that the Police is now going to be involved in operations in the northeast more than ever before, is a step in the right direction.”
Greece’s Syriza Party is said to have won Sunday’s snap elections, leading by 35 per cent to the New Democracy’s 28 per cent, according to the Interior Ministry.
New Democracy Leader, Cangelis Meimarakis, said that the electoral result appeared to be concluding with Syriza and Mr. Tsipras in the lead.
Syriza supporters at the party’s main electoral headquarters in Athens earlier cheered and clapped as exit polls were announced.
The former Prime Minister later said that there was hard work and struggle ahead for the Greek people.
Mr. Tsipras seemed to lose popularity when signing the bailout deal, shortly after holding a referendum in which more than 60 per cent of voters rejected the austerity measures creditors wanted to impose.
Before the election, Tsipras said that he had put his country above his party, adding that had he not agreed to the three-year bailout, Greece would probably have had to leave the Eurozone.