PRESS RELEASE 13 December, 2019
Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), Abuja, a pro-democracy and civil society group has commended and applauded the Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Muhammadu Gana Abdullahi, for breaking the jinx by being the first to be honoured and awarded a “Knight of the International Order of Civil Defence,” by the decision of the Secretariat of the International Order of Civil Defence. This was in recognition of his outstanding services to the cause of the Civil Defence.
In an award letter signed by the Chancellor of the International Order of Civil Defence Secretary-General, Belkacem Elketroussi, the organization commended the efforts of the Commandant-General for his invaluable growth to the cardinal role of civil defence globally and as well congratulated for going out of the box to conceptual initiatives and policies that strengthen the civil defence functions and goals globally.
It is also noteworthy that the Commandant-General will be honoured among 19 others early next year by the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteries with the United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) in New York, United States. The award recognizes excellence in public service across the world, and launched in 2003 to promote and support innovations in public service delivery with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
In a press release signed by Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, Executive Secretary of CWAI and made available to newsmen, CWAI lauded the Commandant-General for the Agro-Rangers Initiative which he introduced that has become a role model, not only in Nigeria but Africa, in stemming the endemic, pandemic tide and clashes between herders, farmers and cattle rustlers. CWAI therefore acknowledged that the initiative has enhanced the growth of food security and agro-allied investments in the African sub-region.
The giant strides achieved by this initiative have understandably become the envy of all as well as become a solution to the incessant clashes across the length and breadth of the country in particular and Africa in general. This is, no doubt, in tandem with best global practices and in collaboration with other sister security agencies.
That the Commandant-General is a key asset in this direction is undoubtedly the motivational factor to his new policy direction. This has covered the mandate of the mandate of the Nigerian Civil Defence, the protection of critical infrastructure and national assets, regulating the terrain, monitoring, supervising the licensing of private security guards companies that have facilitated carrying out of disaster management through search, rescue and rehabilitation and conflict resolution through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
This feat is normally achieved through the compliance by the 36 State Commandants and the FCT with the marching orders issued to them by the Commandant-General. The compliance has become more important especially during these ‘Ember months, a period during which some disgruntled and unpatriotic elements normally capitalize on to foment trouble and visit mayhem on patriotic and unsuspecting Nigerians. The Commandant-General has also vowed to ensure that the ‘Ember months are devoid of any rancour from any farmers and herders as well as to reduce cattle rustling to the barest minimum and has urged his personnel to be good ambassadors of the Corps incorruptible and attuned to international best practices of security, wherever they are called upon to service.
In view of the foregoing, CWAI hereby has no hesitation in endorsing the Commandant-General’s transparent and prudent management of resources of the NSCDC and the transformational blueprint as encapsulated by the Gana-led management as well as encourages him to maintain and sustain the status quo.