Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has called on all strata of the society to play their roles in building peace for the development of the country.
Dr Abubakar Audi, the Commandant-General, who was represented by Mrs Stella Oladeye, the Assistant Commandant General of NSCDC, made the call in Abuja on Wednesday, during marking of the 2022 International Peace Day. The International Peace Day with the theme: End Racism, Build Peace is organised by the Department of Peace and Conflict Resolution of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The News Agency of Nigeria report that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared Sept. 21, to observe the day to strengthen the ideals of peace through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
According to him, there is no gainsaying that illiteracy is counterproductive to peace building and there are many children behind the educational line and these children are easily manipulated into destructive culture.
“Gender inequality in labour placement should be frowned at as we all cannot but agree that a balanced gender approach could go a long way to reduce brutality in security apparatus in resolving issues in our society.
“The academia should continually explore a balancing strategy on how our spending on education sector should be improved in the face of huge defence budget.
“As we know that an increased spending in education will later transmit to a low budget on defence.
“Let me quickly use this medium to appeal particularly to the political class, whose body language must transmit peace and not post-election violence.
“Let’s push aside violent traditions and teachings in all areas of our lives,” he said.
The keynote speaker, Prof. Uwakwe Abugu, a Professor of Law of the University of Abuja, called for collective engagement to put an end to racism and build peace in the country.
Abugu, who is the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State, charged Nigerians to join forces to ensure peace, especially as the country moves into the 2023 general elections.
“We need peace, without peace we cannot go anywhere and as a matter of fact, more lives, more resources, more energy have been committed to building peace.
“We knew that the first and second world wars were fought, and about six million Jews and 13 million other victims of the 2ND World War was because of lack of peace.
“So immediately after the Second World War, the United Nations committed to building peace, saying that on no occasion should we have such amount of volume of loss of lives because of lack of peace.
“United Nations made a lot of efforts and in 1981 declared Sept. 21, annually as International Peace Day. And this has been celebrated but here it is the first time the National Open University is celebrating the day,” he said.
Abugu said building peace and ending racism was very fundamental to Nigeria, as the country needed the peace more than any country in the world.
He said that there was need to unite in humanity, regardless of tribe, religion and language to move the country forward, while churning all forms of religious and tribal sentiment.
“But we can build peace individually.
If I commit myself to peace, and you commit yourself to peace and the third party commits to peace, all of us will have a better society.
“In Nigeria today, we have so much discrimination going on either in appointment to government offices, either by reason of your ethnicity or religion as it is diagnosed.
’’ “But if we are blinded to racism, discrimination, religion, or ethnicity, we will not get the right person at the right place to do and deliver the good purposes of life for the entire nation, ” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters said it was important for the country to create and make peace through ways such as education, arts, sports, culture, justice and many others.
Peter, who was represented by the Dean of Management Sciences, Prof. Wilfred Ngbuanyi said Nigerians must contribute to strengthen the ideals of peace so that the council could attain the upmost height.
Also, the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, represented by Mr Peter Mancha, an official in Nigerian UN office, said “peace is a noble and necessary pursuit of all people across the world.
’’ Guterres said that the theme was a reminder of the many ways racism poisons people’s hearts and minds and erodes the peace of the world.
“Racism robs people of their rights and dignity.
It inflames inequalities and mistrust and it pushes people apart at a time when we should be coming together as one human family to repair out fractured world.
“Instead of fighting each other, we should be working to defeat our true enemies; racism, poverty, inequality, conflict, the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We should tear down structures that sustain racism, and lift up human rights movements everywhere,” he said.
The celebration also featured a book launch titled: Peace Building and Nationalism by the Department of Peace and Conflict resolution of the university.
The Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has advised its newly recruited officers to maintain discipline and exhibit the highest level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
The NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Abubakar Audi, gave the advice during the passing out parade of the 2019 recruited officers in Katsina on Wednesday.
The 368 recruited officers participated in a three-months training in Katsina state.
Audi was represented by ACG Babangida Abdullahi, the Provost, College of Peace and Disaster Management, Katsina.
According to him, the recruitment is part of the efforts to resuscitate and reposition the NSCDC for improved service delivery.
He assured the officers of the corps’ readiness to safeguard their welfare to boost morale and encourage effective discharge of duties.
The commandant general further emphasised that more training and retraining on counter-terrorism and intelligence gathering would be organised to improve the capacity of officers and men of the corps.
The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr Mohammed Sanusi-Bello, thanked Audi for his efforts in providing all the needed equipment for completion of the recruitment.
Sanusi-Bello also commended Gov. Aminu Masari, for his continuous support to the corps in the state.
He urged the newly recruited officers to show the highest level of integrity and loyalty to the constitution of Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the governor on Drug Narcotics assured the corps of the state government readiness to assist them in the protection of lives and properties of the citizenry.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps (NSCDC) have committed to strengthening collaboration to respond effectively to disasters across the country.
The two organizations became engaged when NSCDC Commander General Dr Abubakar Audi paid a courtesy call on NEMA Director General Mr Mustapha Ahmed in Abuja on Thursday.
NEMA's CEO said it was important to promote stronger interagency support to address frequent human- and nature-induced hazards.
Ahmed said that providing services to Nigerians must be an improved idea to meet old and emerging challenges.
“As we say at NEMA, every disaster site is a potential crime site; this underscores the need for a better relationship between NEMA and NSCDC.
“This is necessary especially as we take new resolve to confront the complex adversities and attendant humanitarian outcomes across the country.
“I want to assure the commanding general and his team that we are interested in strengthening our commitment to the NSCDC to better serve Nigerians,” he said.
For his part, the NSCDC commanding general thanked the NEMA chief for receiving his team.
Audi said it was important to collaborate on capacity building, staff training and intelligence sharing to improve the emergency response in the country.
He added that his organization would continue to provide safety and security to first responders at the scene of disasters.
The Nigerian Correctional Service has set up a special security team to strengthen the security around Custodial centers across the country.This is contained in a statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO) Mr. Francis Enobore on Sunday in Abuja.The Controller General, NCOs, Mr Haliru Nababa made this known after a meeting with the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Abubakar Audi, and the Acting Comptroller General, of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Idris Jere.Nababa said that the meeting was centered on strengthening intelligence gathering and sharing of same among security operatives to nip attacks in the bud.He recalled that the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola had on Dec. 9 during the ministerial retreat held in Ilorin, Kwara, directed security agencies under the Ministry of Interior to work together as a family in the area of intelligence gathering, sharing and physical confrontation with jail attackers.He described the perpetrators as common enemies whose main agenda was to challenge the authority and test the might of the Federal government therefore, must not be allowed to live to tell their story He said that the synergy would also include immediate inauguration of a Joint Taskforce of armed personnel comprising the three arm bearing agencies under the Ministry of Interior.He also said that the task force was expected to combine with the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed forces and the Nigeria Police Force that were already deployed to support corrections armed squad in guarding custodial centres. Responding, Audi, lauded the initiative and promised to task all State Commandants of his Service to gear up for the onerous task.Audi said that this would include protecting custodial centres that were now designated as critical national infrastructure being the last agency in the actualisation of criminal justice dispensation in Nigeria. He also called for regular meetings and more investment in intelligence gathering that would help forestall armed invasion of facilities and other criminal activities in the future.Also contributing, Jere, noted that the NIS was poised to activate the data of escapees in all the entry and exit points that were manned by his personnel in other to strengthen the recapture process already initiated.Jere commended the CGC for vigorously pursuing the deployment of technology which, sooner than later, would replace the present operational system and among other things, make escapes/jail attacks difficult. He further stressed the importance of organising a common front to challenge the misguided activities of armed criminals and expressed confidence that they would be conquered in no distant time.In a related development, the Controller General on Thursday, 16 visited the Director General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Mr Aliyu Abubakar to finalise the process of red-flagging fleeing inmates. Nababa said that it would be through the harmonisation and sharing of inmates data already captured by NIMC, in an online transactions.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Custodial Centres in Nigeria have since October 2020, witnessed six attacks in different parts of the country.
Echeng C. Echeng, police commissioner in Anambra, said he was impressed with the level of security throughout the state ahead of the state's Nov. 6 governor election.
Mr Echeng made the observation in an interview with Nigeria's news agency on Friday in Awka.
He said the force began statewide aerial surveillance on Thursday.
"Aerial surveillance is about providing those on the ground with information to enable them to resolve any safety issue anywhere in the state," he said.
Mr. Echeng said information available at his office indicated that people were complaining about the high presence of security men in both urban and rural areas.
“What we tell everyone in Anambra is to feel free to see the security guards in their area, because they are there to provide security and not to intimidate a legal person.
"We have also told our staff to be courteous to people, but for anyone who wants to stir up trouble, let them decisively deal with these troublemakers," he said.
The police commissioner said the information from the riparian area was equally impressive.
NAN reports that the police have deployed more than 34,000 people, while the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 20,000 people besides the army and paramilitaries.
NSCDC commanding general Dr Abubakar Audi also warned his men about misconduct in Saturday's election.
Audi told his men at Professor Dora Akunyili Awka's Women's Development Center that they were not in Anambra for the war, but to provide security during the elections.
He added that any corps personnel found to be in breach of the rules of engagement would be treated accordingly.