A delegation of 14 students from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Nigeria, on August 11, visited Rwanda National Police (RNP) to learn on how security has contributed in the development of agriculture in Rwanda.
Led by the acting director general of the institute, Jonathan Mela Juma, the students, who are part of the 39th intake of the senior executive course, were received by the Inspector General of Police Emmanuel K. Gasana.
The students include policymakers, senior military and police officers, researchers and other government officials, who are being prepared for higher leadership responsibilities.
Juma said that they came to Rwanda to study how the country has progressed in areas of science, technology, and innovation, and how it is impacting on agriculture and the processing of agricultural products into finished goods.
“For agriculture to be successful, you need a secure environment. Farmers need a secure environment to go to their farm and to be able to bring their harvests to a secure market,” Juma said.
Gasana, while briefing the students, said that after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the liberation struggle, the leadership picked up from the shocks to survival, stability and towards success in all aspects, and enabling conducive environment for business growth including agriculture.
“Rwandans are driven by ambitions, uniqueness, sense of urgency and to have dignified life; this is strategic guidance that binds us together as security organs and other institutions, and the general public to translate the vision into our mission,” Gasana said.
He said that security organs are party to Vision 2020, EDPRS2, seven-year government programme, sector strategies, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The focus is all about human security; we give it a lot of attention to alleviate poverty, but at the same time cementing the ideal of community policing,” he said.
The students were also briefed on various areas where the force facilitates agriculture including fighting smuggling, investigating embezzlement and corruption in the agricultural sector, its contribution to the One Cow per Poor Family programme; fighting armyworm; community work to prevent soil erosion; and construction of terraces.