In the wake of persistent kidnap and attacks on schools, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ahmed Audi said he has ordered state commandants to set up all- female squad to complement the recently unveiled unit in its bid to fight insecurity in Nigeria’s schools.
Audi who disclosed this when he brief personnel at the national headquarters, Abuja on his policies and programs to reenergize the service said data obtained from recent survey indicated high level vulnerability of some schools to attacks.
But in a statement by the corps director of public relations at the national headquarters, Olusola Odumosu, the CG expressed confidence that the data would be used as a veritable tool to design strategies for serious assignments in combating insecurity across schools.
“This is a very serious assignment and there is need for effective execution across board, i shall ensure effective deployment of personnel to protect our schools and restore the confidence of students, teachers and parents alike; the glory of our educational system must be restored because upon this lies the future of this country” the CG said.
He reiterated that, the Female Squad he unveiled recently have been deployed to patrol different schools already. He therefore, ordered all State Commandants of the Corps to, without any delay, set up the Female Squad in all the 36 State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.
According to CG, the safe school initiative is a project that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is very passionate about as it concerns the safety of our school children and he has charged him as a matter of urgency to develop a template to end this nightmare.
He gave the charge for the selection process of the Female Squad to commence immediately in all the State Commands in order to replicate what he has done at the center, while equally approving a one month intensive training program and proper kitting of the squad in line with his vision.
Audi stated that the Corps will work in synergy with other sister agencies because synergy and collaboration is a necessary mechanism in winning the war against insecurity as no organization can work in isolation and achieve anything tangible.
He advocated for intelligence sharing among security agencies of government as a panacea to nipping crime and insecurity in the bud and also charge fellow Nigerians to assist security agencies succeed with timely releases of credible information to help fight crime in the society.
The NSCDC Boss restated his commitment to justify the creation of the Corps under his leadership and charged all the newly redeployed State Commandants to protect the mandates of the Corps in their various domains by effectively securing lives and property as well as the environment, leaving no stone unturned in all matters of security concern.