With less than few weeks to the 2019 General Elections in the country, and in view of the avowed determination of the management of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps(NSCDC) to its constitutional mandate of the protection of critical national assets and its preparedness and strategic deployment of personnel for the security of lives and property to curb the menace of hoodlums and vandals, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu paid a working visit to the North East Zone to have a firsthand assessment of the preparedness of the rank and file of NSCDC as well as visited the Katsina Institute of Disaster Management preparatory to the deployment of 5000 Agro-Rangers designed to protect farmers and their investments from incessant attacks by bandits/criminals especially kidnappers and the rebranding of the institute to meet with international standards.
in a press release jointly signed by the President, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, and Secretary, Comrade James Okoronkwo, respectively they applauded the courageous initiative of the CG to visit the various commands in the North East zone in preparation of the forth coming general elections and also the strategic upgrade and turnaround of the Katsina Institute of Disaster Management that encompasses up- to- date e-learning facilities like, e-library, internet facilities , state of the art hostels, pavilion ( quarter guard), sporting facilities and social facilities to boost the morale of personnel so as to make it more conducive for trainees. The visit indeed boosted the morale of the operatives and the institute management staff and encouraged them to always put in their best in their national assignments particularly in the safe guide of lives and property and protection of national assets.
According to the duo, the NSCDC helmsman used the august occasion to admonish personnel, motivate and sensitize them towards the peaceful and transparent conduct of the 2019 General Elections, to be disciplined, patriotic and discharge their duties without fear or favour and gave a fatherly advice to the 5,000 Agro Rangers that are deployed to provide security to investments in the agricultural sector for both domestic and international businesses, provide physical security to the proposed 250 Cattle Ranches by the Federal Government as well as also provide security to farmers / herdsmen so as to reduce the incessant clashes during this period.
While responding, the Acting Provost of the Katsina Institute of Disaster Management, Commandant Muhammadu Abubakar, used the occasion to commend the CG for his transformational leadership, transparency, selflessness and patriotic disposition in spite the paucity funds, noting that enormous funds has been expended on the world class Institute that can now compete internationally in terms of learning/social infrastructures, capacity building and the training of first class security operatives for the Agro-allied sector in Nigeria. He added: “that since the assumption of office of the present CG a lot of resources has been disbursed and expended to bring the institute to its current enviable standard and I want to use this opportunity to pledge our support, commitment and unalloyed loyalty to the management of NSCDC and Federal Republic of Nigeria to boost the welfare and manpower development of the rank and file”.
The Commandant General also paid a scheduled visit to the State Commandant, Muazu Alhassan and reiterated the need for thorough professionalism from officers and men during the fourth coming general elections and sounded a note of warning to officers to be impartial at all times, provide adequate security to voters, INEC officers, all Ad-hoc staffs, elections monitors/observers both local and international before, during and after the elections and sensitized them on the need to also be vigilant and watchful so as to rid the state of bandits, street urchins and vandals targeting at critical national assets spread across the state.
He reminded them of the Federal Government’s resolve to ensure free, fair and credible elections devoid of rancor and violence and pledged to support the state commands with the necessary equipment and urged the personnel to remain good ambassadors of the Corps, incorruptible and attuned to international best practices of security.
Finally, the CG charged all the NSCDC formations across the country to remain focused to the task ahead promising them of the deployment of necessary equipment and resources to enhance their capabilities and urging them to work harmoniously with sister security agencies deployed for the forth coming general elections in the country.