The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps-NSCDC has charged its personnel to remain resolute and work in synergy with other security agencies in confronting insecurity in schools and the larger society.
Kaduna State Commandant of the Corps, Mr Idris Yahaya Adah gave the charge at the opening ceremony of a capacity training development on safe schools in Nigeria, organised by the National Safe Schools Response Co-ordination Centre-NSSRCC, held in Kaduna.
Mr Idris Yahaya Adah explained that in line with the statutory mandate of the Corps, the Corps carried out a vulnerability survey of schools in 2021, which provided reliable data and statistics that paved the way for the Federal Government to sign the safe schools declaration.
He pointed out that in furtherance of its determination to ensure safer schools, the immediate past administration launched the National safe schools response Co-ordination centre located at the Corps’ headquarters in Abuja in February this year, which signaled the implementation of the safe schools project in the country.
The Commandant noted that since its inception, many trainings have been conducted for different categories of personnel, charged with implementing the safe schools project.
Mr Adah charged other stakeholders to key into the project for effective service delivery.
In a goodwill message, Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Air Vice Marshal Hassan Alhaji said the NSSRCC would go a long way towards effectively co-ordinating the efforts of other agencies and stakeholders involved in the safe schools initiative in Nigeria.
Represented by Brigadier General Oluremi Ogbolo, the Commandant described the project as timely and laudable.
Also speaking, a representative of the Defence Intelligence Agency-DIA at the Centre, Mr Sunday Atiyogo said the training was meant to enhance the capacity of Civil Defence officers against attacks in schools and communities.
He added that the duty of the Centre was to prevent incessant attacks responsible for out of school children, as well as to co-ordinate responses to attacks.
The five day training drew over 200 personnel from 7 states in the North-West geo-political zone.