NSCDC partners Katsina govt on protection of critical assets, infrastructure
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), has arranged with the government of Katsina State to protect Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, (CNAI).
The Commandant General of the Corps, Dr. Ahmed Audi, made this known in a meeting with the state governor, Dr. Dikko Radda who visited the national headquarters of the Corps in Abuja.
He said effective security is sacrosanct to the Corps and strategies are constantly being deployed to ensure that criminality is reduced drastically across the country.
“”I understand that Katsina State had experienced some bandit attacks in the last couple of years.
“Its vulnerability which is partly due to its big size and geographical location as a state bordering other states in the North and the Niger Republic is of great concern.
“But be rest assured that with the on-going recruitment in the Corps, more men would be deployed to Katsina to strengthen security in the state,” he states.
Dr. Audi also notes that state governments have greater roles to play in providing maximum support that will help in curbing attacks and criminalities in states.
“Sometimes, these bandits come out from their hiding, hit a target and run back to hiding; leaving a devastating effect on both lives and property.
“We have our Special Forces and with scientific collaborations with other security agencies, the attacks will come to an end very soon.
“No single agency can tackle insecurity, hence, the need for a more inclusive operational strategy to end the menace,” he adds.
The Corps helmsman called on state governors who are the chief security officers of their various states to adopt more robust and inclusive approaches in stepping up security.
He assures Katsina residents of the NSCDC’s full cooperation towards boosting security in the state and commended the governor for the proactive step taken to secure his people.
On his part, governor Radda said that his visit was to further solidify the existing cordial relationship between the Corps and Katsina state government.
“You have have been very supportive in addressing the issues of insecurity disturbing our people.
“Katsina is one of the states suffering from bandit attacks and other forms of criminalities.
“I have therefore come to solicit for more cooperation and to see how we can collaborate in bringing peace to our state,” he notes in a statement signed by the Public Relations, (PRO), of the agency, Babawale Afolabi.
The governor lamented inadequate security personnel across security services in the stated which he claims has impeded expected success in the fight against insecurity.
He explained that the state has trained and engaged the service of about one thousand five hundred (1,500) indigenes to assist the conventional security agencies in the state.
“I believe with the engagement of the locals in the form of civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), combined with the conventional security, we will go a long way in combating insecurity and reduce it to the barest minimum,” he observes.
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