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Civil Defence Corps Poised To Return Normalcy To North East – CG

Posted: Jul 26, 2016 at 4:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Juliet Oyoyo
KADUNA – Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, has said that  the corps is poised to bring back normalcy to the North East by taking over the liberated areas, providing security at the IDP Camps entry and exit points to restore confidence in the people.
The Corps Commandant made this declaration in his office in Abuja, during the visit of Gerard Le Mer, the Interior Security Attaché at the France Embassy.
The CG said the Civil Defence apart from being involved in the protection of lives and property, was the lead agency in the protection of critical infrastructure and national assets in the country.
He said the corps had significant record of achievements in curbing the acts of vandalism, illegal bunkering and stemming the tide of illegal refineries within a short time of its establishment.
“The corps as a critical stakeholder in disaster management has already deployed 2,300 personnel to the North East. Also 2,700 shall be joining them soon, having a total 5,000 strong NSCDC personnel to mount the entry and exit points of the cities to re-assure them that peace has returned to their communities and that they are free to return to their various homes, with the security architecture put in place to protect them,” he stated.
He said that the visit of the France Emissary was crucial, as it would aid discussions on the modalities for training personnel on civil protection and equipment support to enhance the performance of the corps in discharging of its mandate in disaster management and repositioning of the Private Guards Company to assist the NSCDC and other security agencies on information gathering at the grassroots.
Gerard Le Mer said the embassy was ready to collaborate with the Corps in the area of training and possibly to arrange a visit of the Commandant General to France and most importantly information and intelligence sharing.
Gerard said he was pleased with the role of the NSCDC in the protection of critical infrastructure, just as he said the Corps needed to be supported with modern technologies for effective monitoring and operations.
He lauded the presence of the Corps personnel in the North East and assured of his country’s support in tackling the perennial problem, disclosing that the France Ambassador just returned from the North East on inspection of the area ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The commandant general appreciated the embassy for the visit and promised a very robust relationship, while reiterating that training on disaster management would improve the corps role in rescue in rescue operation.