Mr Gabriel Abafi, the Director of Training of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has called for synergy between the corps and the Nigerian Army on the training of NSCDC personnel on counter- terrorism.
Abafi said that this would enhance the country’s battle against the activities of insurgents and other national security challenges.
He spoke at the Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC) in Kontagora, during the passing out parade of 462 officers of the corps trained by the Nigerian Army in Basic Counter-Terrorism Course.
“It is important to note that there is no end to training, the more you are trained, the better you are equipped to do other things, especially the security challenges in the North.
“Looking at what is happening in Nigeria today, it is not all about deploying people but it is about synergy. Even in our homes there are crises and is through partnership that we manage them.”
Abafi also appealed to the states and Local Government Councils to provide logistic support to the corps to enable the NSCDC discharge its duty of protecting lives and property.
He called for prayers from Nigerians so that the corps could discharge its duties “even when we are not having weapons, God being on our side, we are still able to arrest vandals.
“So we are still not substituting God for guns. God is still our protector, whatsoever you do, put God first and you will succeed, whether vandals and other terrorists use sophisticated weapons or not, God is more sophisticated than human beings.”
Abafi said he was impressed with the level of training provided for his officers at NATRAC, stressing that the graduands were in high spirit which amply demonstrated that they benefited from the programme.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, had earlier told the graduands that the war against insurgency was everybody’s duty.
He stressed that apart from the security agencies, every citizen was expected to partake in the war.
He urged the NSCDC to ensure that the trained officers were deployed in groups rather than as individual operatives in order to ensure synergy in their duties as counter-terrorism officers.
The COAS underscored the need for feedback from the corps on their observation on the training so that it could help the army during its review of the training.
He expressed the army’s readiness to train other paramilitary agencies in counter-terrorism.
A total of 462 NSCDC personnel, made up of 396 males and 66 females underwent the training. (NAN)