Abuja - The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has appealed for support from the army and police as well as co-operation with these organisations in order to fulfil its mandate.
Katsina State commandant of the NSCDC, Musa Zabura, made the appeal at the just-concluded stakeholders’ conference on the Protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, which was held in the state.
“Although the corps is empowered by law to carry out its duty, it nonetheless needed the full support of other security agencies, particularly the army and police, in order to make for quality civil defense in the country,” Zabura said.
He said, “The NSCDC, being a relatively new organisation compared to the army and police and needed their support being that they have been around for years before the creation of the corps.”
He called on security agents in the state to ensure that they always handover vandals to the corps for prosecution assuring that the corps would provide details of the prosecution to ensure transparency.
The conference was a follow-up of the national conference which was held in Abuja. It was aimed at equipping officers of the corps to carry out their assigned duty.
Earlier, Governor Ibrahim Shema called on members of the public to always assist security agents with vital information on suspicious activities in their areas.
Shema, represented by Permanent Secretary: Special Service, Abdu Rumah, assured that his administration would continue to give the corps the necessary support to enhance their work in the state.
"The conference came at a right time in view of the security challenges facing the nation. I call on participants to come up with far reaching measures to improve the security situation in the state and country in general," said his representative.
NSCDC is a para-military agency of the Federal Republic commissioned to provide measures against threat and any form of attack or disaster against the country.
The corps is statutorily empowered by lay Act No 2 of 2003 and amended by Act 6 of June 4 2007.
- CAJ News