The minister made the call on Sunday during a visit in Nyaruguru district which recently topped all districts in 2019/2020 performance contracts.
The Minister was attending a ceremony to reward best performing Imboni z’umupaka (groups of volunteers working closely with security officials to reinforce security at borders) from Nyamagabe, Nyanza and Gisagara districts in Southern Province.
Bordering with Burundi, Southern Province organized competitions for sectors touching Burundi borders.
Security threat architects from Burundi have been reportedly repelled at different times trying to attack Rwanda through Nyungwe forest.
The Governor of Southern Province, Alice Kayitesi explained that the competition focused on values of protecting their security, preventing smuggling and illegal border crossing, promoting unity and reconciliation, social interactions among others.
Minister Shyaka lauded Nyaruguru district and its residents for topping performance contracts and winning majority awards in the competition.
Nyaruguru won three out four awards during the competition.
He requested residents to stick of the principle of protecting their security, avoid illegal border crossing and related crimes including smuggling, improve hygiene, fight against domestic violence especially for girls, and take part in budget planning and decision making and other development initiatives.