The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Thursday said the corps recruited personnel with foreign language skills to enhance national security.
Mr Emmanuel Okeh, the Public Relations Officer of the corps, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Okeh explained that the recruitment was a cardinal policy of the NSCDC.
He explained that the corps had already employed personnel with French, Spanish and German language skills.
“As a matter of fact, in our various academies in Abuja, Abeokuta and Katsina, the organisation always ensures that people with these various foreign language skills are being recruited into the service.
“Having individuals who understand the languages of other countries is important to the success of our operations in security, defence and intelligence gathering.
“So, one cannot overemphasise the centrality of foreign language skills to the core mission of the corps,” he said.
The spokesman said that NSCDC has a pool of foreign language speaking personnel who are being deployed from time to time for various assignments as the need arises.
“We use some for translation purposes during our international security programmes, conferences and workshops for the purpose of participants from other countries not vast in English language.
“Others are used to gather, process and transmit useful information that border on security of lives and properties, especially in parts of the country where people from other nations like Chad, Niger, Republic of Benin and Cameroun reside,” he said.
He, therefore, advised other security agencies to emulate the corps in ensuring that more personnel with foreign language skills were being recruited into their service.
“This will go a long way in helping security agencies interdict drug trafficking, monitor terrorist activities and conduct joint military operations,” he said.