By EMMANUEL IRIOGBE
It was indeed another celebration galore for men and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the liberated North Eastern States of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi and others as they were paid the jumbo arrears of six months so as to boost morale and give in their best to the country in the protection of lives and property during the ember month and new year festivities.
The civil society duo of Good Governance Project Initiative(GGPI) and Workers Rights Protection Network (WORP) has applauded the giant strides of the Commandant-General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, for the current repositioning and rebranding of the NSCDC for effective service delivery in the reduction of criminalities and vandalism of assets across the country and gave him a pat on the back for the sacrificial and monumental foresight and morale booster by the payment of six month salaries arrears/allowances to officers and men of the service corps to enhance their productivity and the espirit- de-corps of the officers in the North Eastern State that are prone to insurgency attacks.
In a press release signed by Com. Inuwa Sule, Executive Secretary, WORP and Com Omede Charles, Executive Director, GGPI, paid glowing tributes to the Commandant –General for deeming it fit at this time to espouse the worker friendly policy of the Buhari led administration to enhance the high morale of the Civil Defence Corps due to this singular act of bravery and national patriotism to enhance the welfare of the rank and file, so as to cater for their immediate family needs and be focused on the task ahead in combating and fighting criminalities head-on in the liberated north eastern states especially during this festive period.
The Duo stated that this is a welcome development as it is part of the Commandant General’s strategy towards the ember month and new year on the way forward to perfect and re-strategize their security apparatus in order to check incessant vandalism of the nation’s critical national assets in the northeast and called on other security sister agencies to emulate this gesture and initiative so as to boost the morale of their officers toward the end of the year.
The group lauded and commended the initiative so as to contribute gallantly to the ongoing counter offensive by the military against Boko Haram in the Northeast and also hailed the Commander-General for his one week prayer and fasting towards the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections which ended last week. They also congratulated the NSCDC boss for the emergence of the Civil Defence Corps as the overall winners of the Ministry of Interior Games for the second consecutive time and also for this bold step towards enhancing the morale of the men and officers including their families at this critical period in time.
Praising it as a noble and patriotic initiative that should be emulated by both public and private organizations in the country towards a peaceful celebrations of the Xmas and in preparation of the forthcoming elections because a happy family will produce a “highly motivated officer or personnel” which lends credence to the biblical injunction “when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice”.
The duo called on Nigerians at this time to be extra vigilant and support our security agencies in this onerous task of defending and safeguarding the territorial integrity of the nation and report any suspicious movement of persons or group of people to the authorities when the need arises and prayed for the continuous peaceful co-existence of the country.