Up your game or face removal, NSCDC boss warns zonal commanders, state commandants
The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, has summoned all Zonal Commamnders and State Commandants of the Corps to Abuja over the rising cases of attacks on schools and kidnapping for ransom, urging them to up their game in the efforts to secure lives and property in the country.
He gave the charge during the Commandant-General’s Conference at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja, threatening that any state commandant that performs below expectation would be removed immediately without delay.
He emphasized the need to justify the confidence reposed in the Corps by the Government through concerted effort and by making significant impact in the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure, disaster management, supervision of private guard Companies and the protection of farmers and farmlands.
According to the CG, the wave and sophistication of crisis such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, militancy, ethnic agitation, kidnapping, oil bunkering among others led to very serious devastation particularly on the economy, hence, the need for the corps to develop strategies that could best address this social menace.
Speaking further, Dr Audi decried the spate of Insecurity in Nigeria which has recently assumed an alarming dimension and affected every facet of Nigerian life, thus, leading to severe unimaginable social consequences across the six geographical regions but particularly the North-East, North Central and South-South.
He gave a stern warning to all zonal and state commandants to resist any attempt by criminals or any group of individuals to unleash terror and destroy the peace of Nigeria, a statement by the Corps Director of Public Relations, Mr Olushola Odumosu said.
‘’The only way to justify your existence is to carry out your duties beyond reasonable doubt; our mandates are very clear, so, we must resist any attempt by criminal elements to subvert our peaceful coexistence and be able to show to Nigerians that we are collecting government salaries,” Audi said.
He directed all the state Commandants to renew and strengthen their anti-vandalism drive by closing down more illegal refineries, arrest and prosecute oil thieves, illegal bunkering suspects and tankers loading, reloading and transloading crude oil across borders.
Reiterating that safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure is a task that must be done as it impacts directly on national prosperity, human capital development and survival of the people.
The CG reminded the Corps formations of his vision to rejig and reinvigorate the Corps towards building a strong, virile and proactive organization that is knowledge driven, bearing in mind the need to improve on quality of service, productivity, professionalism and operational efficiency.
“One of the priority areas of this administration is training and manpower development, bearing in mind the need to enhance the capacity of personnel to effectively deliver on its mandate and every State Command have been mandated to key into this policy,” he said.
He promised to introduce career development progression courses for each category of officers which will be the main determinant for their promotion and progression in service.
In his words, the CG said “What this means in essence and as a matter of policy is that you must have passed a prescribed career development course before you can be considered for promotion to the next rank.”
Dr Audi encouraged the managers of affairs of the Corps to continue to sensitize the public on security consciousness and to seek their cooperation in getting credible information that could help in nipping crime in the bud.
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