A civil society pressure group, Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Good Governance in Nigeria (COCMECG), has called for the support of Nigerians in favour of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), under the leadership of Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu and applauded the giant strides in human capacity development, for establishing core value of integrity, intelligence based security response system and professionalism that have reduced the menace of criminals, herdsmen and the vandalism of national assets across the country.
In a press release signed by the President, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele and Executive Director, R&D, Comrade Omede Charles, respectively they stated that the para-military agency has greatly reduced threats and all forms of disaster incidence across the country through its professional intelligence gathering mechanism and manpower development.
There is rapid improvement in disaster management as first responders to disaster occurrence and control which has helped the country to curb the high incidence of disasters and other security challenges.
The group stated that they are encouraged by Gana’s leadership style and more importantly, his remarkable and selfless campaign on disaster management, search and rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration, mitigation and the protection of key national assets and infrastructure across the county.
In his avowed determination and commitment to ride the country of vandalism and criminal elements it has deployed officers to secure schools in the Northeast region as a result of the insurgency and also deployed officers to provide and protect physical security for agro-allied investments both domestic and international and the proposed cattle ranches across the country including herdsmen/famers frequent crisis which has attracted commendations from Nigerians including Mr. President.
We commend also the Hon. Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazua for his supervisory role of propelling the needed change and unveiling the master plan for the proactive results so far achieved.
It further remarked that Gana Muhammadu is a key asset in this administration fight against insurgency and criminals and as such should be commended for modernizing and repositioning of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for professionalism and effective service delivery in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s change mantra through dynamic and innovative security policy framework based on intelligence, upgrading and expansion of critical infrastructures, training and retraining of officers, enhanced collaborations with sister agencies, robust public relations for the service and enhancing the Civil Defence Academy Sauka, College of Peace and Disaster Management Katsina and the College of Security Management, Ogun State and a member of the International Civil Defence Organization(ICDO),an umbrella body of 58 Civil Defence Member countries in Switzerland, Geneva.
Due to his avowed policy directions and focus on the mandate of NSCDC, that covers protecting critical infrastructures and national assets; regulating, training, monitoring, supervising licensing of the Private Guards Company, carrying out disaster management through search, rescue, rehabilitation and mitigation, conflict resolution through Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR), giving early warning alert signals to residence of areas discovered to be prone to disaster and reporting to the government and appropriate authority for relocation of the settlers. Nigerians should join hands with the management to reinvigorate the fighting mechanism against vandals and criminals in the country and the protection of IDP’s at various camps put in place by the proactive leadership. We are appealing to organizations, public spirited individuals to support President Muhammudu Buhari’s drive to modernize the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) through adequate support, funding and partnership in the area of manpower development, capacity building and the purchase of equipment and infrastructures because of its strategic importance to the socio-economic development of a nation like ours.