The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, says all hands must be on deck in ensuring a resilient societal development as the Covid-19 pandemic has crumbled the global economy, which has in turn had a ripple effect on every facets of life. That, a new world order is inevitable as nations of the world reposition themselves on how better to mitigate and control the Covid-19 pandemic. He made this known at a one day training programme organized in collaboration with CLEEN FOUNDATION and the UK High Commission on lesson learnt on Covid-19 policing, taking a cue from the UK experience, at the NSCDC Headquarters in Abuja.
He said as a front line responder on COVID-19 containment and enforcement of guidelines and protocols in the country, the Corps has carried out a lot of sensitization and citizens enlightenment to encourage them to take responsibility in ensuring that they stay safe. Reiterating that, he has deployed over 10,000 personnel to provide physical security at the various isolation centers across the country to ensure safety and security of patients and to help prevent some recalcitrant ones among them from trying to escape from the isolation centers they are kept in.
According to Gana, the programme is very apt and could not have come at a better time than now as the general health and well-being of personnel is paramount. He seizes the occasion to give kudos to all his personnel, especially those in the frontline of Covid-19 duty, from the baseline to the management level, some of whom have become victims of the infectious disease in the course of discharging their duties and are currently in isolation, being closely monitored and presently doing well and responding to treatment.
He emphasized that the training is to reposition officers to effectively discharge their statutory responsibilities during and after the pandemic in accordance with global best practices. He appreciates the ceaseless effort of CLEEN foundation and the British High Commission for the numerous training programmes organized for the Corps and their concerted effort in addressing the pandemic.
He appealed for more partnership with the Corps especially in the provision of PPE and other materials useful to protect and keep officers and men safe while risking their lives at the frontline while enforcing the guidelines for preventing the spread and containment of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
DCC EMMANUEL OKEH