Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Command on Tuesday launched its Smart Security ICT Centre in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The programme, which is one of its kind among the security organisation in the country is expected to enhance the capacities of its officers and men in combating cybercrime in Nigeria through ICT training and monitor the environment.
Speaking, Oyo State Commandant, NSCDC, Abiodun Akinsanya said ICT industry is today the fastest growing industry in Nigeria saying the Muhammadu Buhari administration has declared ICT to be the bedrock of Nigeria’s change agenda.
He said: “The objective of the programme was to go round because as a security expert, we are collaborating with other agencies, there is synergy with us and then we ensure that government is aware of this programme, is to enhance our performance in terms of curbing crime.
“Civil Defence, we base our performance on integrity and humility and I can assure you that members of the Corps will never misuse the privilege given to them because we have a slogan, ‘you collect bribe and die’ and with that instinct in us, we are good to go.
“The training will be a continuous exercise but right now, we have about 50 men who have been already trained and it will go round all members of the Corps even the Corp members in other states will also benefit including other agencies.
Meanwhile, Commandant General, Abdullahi Muhammadu Gana, represented by the Zonal Commander, NSCDC Zone F, ACG Shem Obafaiye lauded the initiative of the Oyo State Command.
“We are in the era of ICT, so everybody needs to be on the neck to know informational and communication technology. We are out to combat the security challenge in Nigeria that we are facing at the moment,” he said.