The federal government has charged the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to immediately develop a robust scheme for school protection across the country in order to ensure the safety of children everywhere, especially within the school environs, from the incessant attacks by kidnappers and armed men.
In a statement made available to Blueprint Tuesday in Abuja by the director of press, Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the charge when he decorated Ahmed Abubakar Audi as the new Commandant- General of the NSCDC.
Aregbesola who expressed sadness over the incessant spate of violations and kidnappings in schools urged the NSCDC to continue to work in synergy with other security agencies with a view to immediately restore peace and security in the country, particularly within the school environment.
In his speech titled “Your moment to be a Hero”, the minister reminded the new Commandant-General that he is mounting the saddle of this great organization at a very critical time in our dear nation with challenging security situations.
He therefore informed him that it is going to be rough but that, as a motivational speaker once wrote, it is great challenges that produces heroes and men of history and thus advised him that he should continue to navigate diligently and triumphantly taking cognisance of the rigorous selection process that brought him into office, so as to ensure that he delivers on the mandate of the NSCDC in line with the policy thrust of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.
Ogbeni Aregbeslola further charged the leadership of the corps to develop a robust scheme that would not only check the menace in the schools, but also ensure the protection of critical national assets, such as pipelines, electricity pylons, stations and cables, telecommunication mast, cables and installations.
“Another scheme, like the Agro Rangers, should also be developed to cover full agriculture and offer protection to all categories of farmers. Protecting crop farmers and pastoralists is a matter of national food security”, he said.
He, however, pledged the NSCDC’s total commitment to the realization of its mandate.