Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Muhammadu Gana, has said if the corps is to effectively discharge its mandate and meet up with new security demands, it would have to recruit 100, 000 Nigerians.
Gana spoke Wednesday at the NSCDC Academy in Abuja shortly after decorating 10 newly promoted officers to the rank of Assistant Commandant Generals (ACG).
He said a bigger workforce has become necessary in order to meet up with the request for its personnel running into several thousands from several ministries departments and agencies of government.
He said: “We are facing more and more challenges on daily basis. Just some months ago, we had a meeting with the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals where the Minister said that they would be requiring a 5000-man squad in line with government’s decision to diversify the economy.”
“The minister, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had during the meeting insisted that my men must be trained and retrained to understand the modus operandi of the sector especially on the identification of solid minerals very well. Today, we have set up a Solid Minerals unit in the corps.”
“After that, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, also approached us to request for a 3000-man squad to help in checking the activities of the Fulani herdsmen and manning the 5000 ranches the ministry intend to establish in the country. He later demanded for an additional 3000 men.”
“We have also held meeting with the Minister of Defence, who requested that we prepare and deploy about 3, 300 of our men to the North East where the military have dislodged the Boko Haram insurgents to secure the civilians.”
“The same thing with the MD of the Nigeria Railway Corporation who has also requested the deployment of 3000 men to their 22 installations across the country since the sector has been classified among the critical infrastructure of government.”
“The same request came from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and essentially from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) requesting the deployment of our men to secure the dams in the country following the threat from Boko Haram to poison the source of our drinking water.”
“The newly promoted ACGs must understand that these are the challenges facing them. We want them to take charge of the railway command; it is a very big task.
We have made request to the government that for us to meet up with these requirements, we will need to beef up our personnel and we are looking at the possibility of recruiting 100,000 workforce,” he noted.