NSCDC, guards brigade renew partnership to secure FCT.
NSCDC, Guards Brigade parley in Abuja
Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), and the Guards Brigade, Nigeria Army, have agreed to continue to work together to rid the FCT of criminals and vandals while securing the nation at large.
The duo agree to partner in more training and retraining programs involving all security agencies in the sub-sector and to operate and cooperate more efficiently without any one lagging behind in latest operational tactics.
NSCDC FCT Commandant, Olusola Odumosu while on a visit to the office of the Acting Guards Brigade, Commander, Col. Olusola Onasanya, ‘also known as ‘the Chief Scorpion’, yesterday in Abuja, said the two agencies have come a long way and must continue to support each other.
He notes that, while there is an increasing friendship and good bonding between senior officers in the military and other paramilitary agencies, same should be encouraged among the junior cadres in a progressive fashion till a full synergy is attained.
“If we at our levels can enjoy so much cooperation and synergy, there’s a need to pass the same information to the lower rungs of the ladder too.
“My visit to you is more or less to fulfill customs and traditions. As far as I am concerned, we already have a good working relationship and I am enjoying maximum cooperation and synergy from you already.
“However, the visit is also an opportunity for me and my men to get acquainted with your men and familiarize with one another as we shall be meeting on the field in the course of our job”, he said.
Commandant Odumosu, while thanking the Commander, Guards Brigade for receiving him, commended the Nigerian Army for its maturity and camaraderie which has resulted in a long standing good relationship with the NSCDC.
He said the rivalry occasionally experienced among security agencies must be discouraged in favour of more collaboration for effective security coverage of the country.
“The two agencies have come a long way and should continue to collaborate more effectively and progressively for the safety of lives and property of Nigerians and other residents in the country.
“We are a product of the military, directly or indirectly”, Odumosu said.
The Commandant solicited more collaboration in the areas of operations and training for his men from the Brigade of Guards Commander.
He reiterated that his mission to making the FCT free of vandals of critical infrastructures such as manhole covers, street lights, traffic lights amongst other criminalities can not be done in isolation of other security agencies, hence, the necessity for the courtesy visit.
According to him, the Corps owed its evolution to the Military especially the Nigerian Army.
Brigade of Guard Commander, Col. Olusola Onasanya, said there are already joint operations between the NSCDC, other paramilitary agencies and the Nigerian Army which has been responsible for the downward trends of crimes and security threats in the FCT.
He said “If I need to consult, I will consult, If I need to take permission or approval from the top, I will, but the training will be effected”, Onasanya promised.
In a statement by the NSCDC FCT, command Public Relations Officer, (PRO), Comfort Okomanyi, Onasanya assured the Corps that, from time to time, enlightenment will be intensified among the junior cadres of the Nigerian Army to foster a healthier relationship with the NSCDC and other security agencies so as to enhance a unified front for security of the nation.
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