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Army pledges to support NSCDC’s operations

27 January 2016, 06:42

Abuja - Maj. Gen. John Malu, the Commandant of Army Headquarters Garrison, Asokoro, Abuja, has assured the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) of its irrevocable support for the corps’ operations.

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Emmanuel Okeh, the corps’ Public Relations Officer , and made available to the media.

The statement said Malu made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on Abdullahi Gana, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, at the corps’ National Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the Garrison Commandant explained that he had been carrying out familiarisation visits to security agencies since his assumption of office in November 2015.

He said that the NSCDC was one of the security agencies which the army had interest in partnering with.

"Our desire is to have a more robust working relationship with the NSCDC."

"We look forward to having more joint operations between army officers and officers and men of the corps as the need arises for such assignments," Malu said.

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He pointed out that it was paramount that agencies share information, adding that this would enhance their work and help to quell any form of security challenges.

"Security agencies must not see themselves as competing with one another, rather synergy and cooperation is important and exchange of timely information will make their work very easy."

"Therefore, team work amongst security agencies is a must and remains the best way to carry out the job of security more effectively," he said.

In his remarks, Gana said the army’s role in assisting the NSCDC in the past was unquantifiable. He said the relationship between the NSCDC and the armed forces, particularly the army, dated back to when the corps was a voluntary organisation.

Gana said NSCDC recently trained 5 000 personnel to be deployed to the North East Zone to complement the armed forces.

He also implored the army to assist in the training of the corps’ personnel on human capacity building.

"This would really go a long way in giving my officers and men quality manpower development."

"It would also ensure that before my exit as the CG, I would have left behind a grand workforce positioned to pilot the affairs of the agency in future," Gana said.



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