Appraising the giant strides of the NSCDC under Abdullahi Gana-Muhammadu

Appraising the giant strides of the NSCDC under Abdullahi Gana-Muhammadu

It is for commendation that appraisal is given a pride of place in a decent and developed society. The need to encourage workers at every level to do more means that those who have done above average expectation be appreciated, hence the mini series of 2016 Ministries, Departments and Agencies appraisal carried out by AljazirahNigeria.

Aljazirah’s appraisal of some MDAs of government brought a lot of revelations to the fore, as the least expected agencies are the ones doing marvelously well yet unnoticed.

In all these, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as a social and grassroots based security and paramilitary agency of government has performed excellently well especially under the current leadership.

Carrying out its responsibilities with all sense of commitment, the Corps has been miles ahead of other agencies.

The Corps amongst other functions is saddled with the responsibilities of protecting critical infrastructure and national assets; regulating, training, monitoring, supervising, licensing of the private guards company; carrying out disaster management through search, rescue, rehabilitation and mitigation; giving early warning alert signal to residence of areas discovered to be prone to disaster and reporting to the government and appropriate authority for relocation of the settlers.

Proper evaluation shows that the Corps has not defaulted in its responsibilities.

And in actualizing these set goals and accomplishing her mandate, the Corps in the area of Disaster Management, has re-invigorated the unit to enhance quick response in emergency situations.

The Corps has established emergency response units at Airports and has situated emergency response ambulances equipped with medical facilities for first aid along major routes in the country.

AljazirahNigeria also noticed that the Corps has established health centres in various localities to serve the needs of the Corps personnel, the host and neighbouring communities.

As a lead Agency in Disaster Management and Emergency Rescue operations, the Corps collaborates with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Police, Federal Fire Service (FFS),Red Cross, the Military among others.

AljazirahNigeria recalls that the Corps took over the responsibilities of regulating, monitoring, supervising, training and licensing of the Private Guards industry in 2005 from the Business Department of the Federal Ministry of Interior, considering the relevance of the sector to the overall security of the nation.

And as it stands today, the industry which was considered to be moribund is now transformed and, reinvigorated.

The PGC is now a revenue base of the Federal Government through licensing, renewal ship and registration.

The Corps in view of the importance of the sector established the Civil Defence College for Security Management in Abeokuta, Ogun State, to train the Private Guards Company Operatives, Line Managers and Directors free of charge.

The Corps within a year licensed 285 companies, sealed 96, renewed 600, while 210 are still waiting to be licensed

Like the saying goes, a sound head, begets a sound body.

Since the appointment of the current Commandant General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, a core professional who has cut a niche for himself in the field of Criminal Justice, an expert per excellence, the Corps has acquired a look that stands it out among other agencies.

Every activity of the Corps is now being carried out with utmost sense of professionalism.

From election monitoring and provision of adequate security during elections before, during and after, the members of the Corps have displayed genuine sense of patriotism and commitment. No wonder then, the Corps has not been mentioned in any shedding dealings.

On every side, the Corps is leading in diligent prosecution of its activities and responsibilities, hence its achievement in fight against economic sabotage and has written its name on gold for tackling the issue of vandalism, illegal refineries, illegal bunkering, oil theft and other allied crimes as the lead agency via the arrests made and the prosecution therein.

For the purpose of effective monitoring of pipelines, the Corps operates carefully through the Command and Control Centre and has trained personnel on the use of drones through the Nigeria Energy Security Command (NESEC) and the deployment of drones for monitoring in the Niger Delta region:

It is worthy of note, that the Corps has arrested thousands of vandals and people with criminal tendencies within the year, many of whom have been prosecuted and convicted, while others are undergoing prosecution, and some handed over to relevant security agencies within whose purview such acts of criminality fall.

Under his watch, the achievement of the Joint Task Force set up to fight illegal refinery, illegal bunkering, oil theft and vandalism comprises of different agencies such as Army, Navy, Police, EFCC and NSCDC as the lead agency for the prosecution of economic saboteurs in the area of Oil and Gas pipelines vandalism among others has been unprecedented.

Under his supervision, the Corps has worked out modalities towards refocusing the industry in the direction of intelligence gathering.

The intention of this, it was learnt is to redirect their energy towards assisting and complementing government security agencies in generating intelligence to assist in arresting criminals in various communities in the society and to further develop solid security architecture for the nation.

Also, the Corps has gone into partnership with various organizations as part of plans to intensify efforts on pipeline vandalism.

It currently partners with Joint Task Force in Niger Delta and Special Task Forces in States, operation Lafiya Dole in the North East, NEMA, NIMASA, Special Mines Task Force, Nigeria Energy Security (NESEC) among others.

Apart from the Command and Control Centre to monitor pipeline vandalism, the Corps also set up a Special Tasks Force known as the Commandant General Special Task Force (STF) to monitor and arrest anyone suspected to be involved in any act of vandalism, or those in possession of suspected vandalized products, operatives of illegal refineries, illegal bunkery, Oil theft, those involved in diversion of petroleum products, hoarding and selling above government approved pump price.

On assumption of office, Gana lifted the barriers on the promotion and accommodation of Corps members with additional certificates urging thousands of them who have acquired additional certificate without permission to submit their applications for consideration.

Drawing out his plan for the Corps’ future, Gana promised the completion of ongoing projects which centres mainly on physical infrastructure development, capacity building/manpower development, surveillance and strengthening of the anti-vandalism drive to checkmate the   menace of oil theft and protection of critical infrastructure/national assets.

The Commandant General listed as part of his priorities the procurement of anti-vandal and other operational equipment, surveillance and counter terrorism equipment; sensitization/enlightenment programmes to disabuse the minds of Nigerians against act of vandalisms and other  criminal acts via the Corps weekly programme- the DEFENDER and   one on one interaction with village heads, elders, youths, host   communities, etc.

According to him, the deployment of more foot soldiers to regularly walk the length and breadth of oil pipelines mostly on land was needed.

The CG recently decorated ten commandants of Corps to the rank of Assistant Commandant General of Corps on merit as the men on the merit list are some of the finest crop of officers in the Corps.

The Corps has established various training institutes such as; Civil Defence Academy, Sauka, Abuja, an ICT based academy affiliated to the University of Ibadan and the National Open University of Nigeria, Civil Defence College of Security Management in Abeokuta, Ogun State affiliated to the Faculty of Security Studies of the University of Lagos and the Civil Defence College for Peace, Studies and Conflict Resolution and Disaster management, Katsina State affiliated to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaira, and  University of Ilorin’s  Department of  Peace Studies.

It must be mentioned that within a year, the Corps arrested thousands of vandals recovering millions of liters of stolen gas and petroleum resources, Telecommunications equipment, Solid Minerals, Pipe-borne Water, Railway, Railings and Aluminium many of whom have been prosecuted and convicted, while others are undergoing prosecution, and some handed over to relevant security agencies within whose purview such acts of criminality fall.

Between 2015 and April 2016, the Corps arrested 771 vandals, prosecuted 713 with 60 convictions, recovered 28 Motorcycles, 143 vehicles, 135 Trucks, and destroyed 442 illegal refineries, recovered 130 bargers, 3 vessels, 5506 drums of AGO, 580 drums of PMS, 262 boats, 1,840 Kegs of AGO, 767 kegs of PMS, and 441 of empty kegs were also recovered.

Also, the Corps recovered 221 kegs of kero, 1,200,725 litres of AGO, 2,140,000 litres of PMS and 610 tanks of AGO, 144 tanks of PMS, 12 drums of crude oil, 246,000 litres of crude oil while it also recovered High Tension Armoured cable valued at N150 million and N85 million worth of Telecommunication cable.

All these achievements are not without challenges as the Corps is being faced with various hindrances ranging from shortage of manpower, inadequate security materials and equipment, lack of logistics, lack of proper cooperation from other sister organisations that are supposed to be critical partners in fighting the scourge of vandalism and slow pace of prosecution.

For better performance in the years ahead, the government must endeavor to encourage the Corps with adequate logistics such as operational vehicles, aircraft for monitoring acts of vandalism, communication gadgets, adequate funding and enhanced technological techniques.

It is pertinent to note that, within the year under review, the Corps has partnered with several Ministries and Agencies by singing Memoradum of Understanding, these includes, the Ministry of Solid Minerals for setting up Miners Defenders” in order to protect the mining sites across the Federation against illegal miners. The Ministry of Agriculture in order to provide security for the proposed 250 cattle ranches, mediate between cattle herdsman and the farmers by establishing the Agro-Allied Ranges Unit and providing security for Foreign Agro Investors.

Also, the Corps signed an MOU with the Ministry of water resources to provide security for the DAMS in the country, Deployment to the North-East to provide security for Internally Displaced persons Camps and to win peace for the liberated areas by the Nigeria military.

Similarly, during the artificial fuel scarcity the Corps Stemmed the tide of artificial scarcity, diversion and those selling above approved pump price. while other Agencies include National Agricultural seed regulatory council of Nigeria, JAMB, Nigeria Railway Corporation, NigComSat among others such as the Russian Embassy etc.

The visit of the group Managing Director of NNPC Barau Maikanti sealed the relationship for the first time ever between the Corps and NNPC.

The Corps is into Partnership with UNDP Institute of peace and Conflict Resolution for organising of peace Advocacy programme, Inter agency peace programme for the purpose of synergy and collaboration.


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