The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has trained 10, 000 corps In the area of capacity building and Counter Terrorism in Isreal, Pakistan, Italy and also in Nigeria, with the Nigerian Army School of Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency, as well as in Jaji, with the aim of tackling insurgency in the country.
The Commandant General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, said this when the United Nations COUNTER TERRORISM COMMITTEE delegation led by MR. WEIXIONG CHEN the Deputy Executive Director of the (United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate) New York, paid him a courtesy visit at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja.
The CG enumerated the Corps mandate, stressing the need for more support and training in the area of protection of Critical Infrastructures and other National Assets in Nigeria, as they are in most cases readily available targets for both terrorists and vandals. He disclosed that presently, over 400 personnel are protecting the facilities of multinational oil companies in Nigeria, such as Shell, Agip, Mobil among others.
Worried by the issue of synergy and partnership amongst the various Security Agencies, especially in the areas of Intelligence Gathering and Information Sharing, the NSCDC helmsman posited, that the only way to achieve the common goal of fighting terrorism, is by strengthening and putting in place a high level collaboration among all stakeholders.
In a passionate appeal to the UN delegate, Abdullahi noted, that inspite of the trainings received so far by the Civil Defence Personnel, the Personnel still needs more exposure and more knowledge on Technological know-how to improve greatly in the fight against Insurgents, Vandals, Illegal oil bunkerers, oil thieves who have become more sophisticated and daring in their quest to actualize their nefarious acts.
In the same vein, the leader of the UN delegate, MR WEIXIONG CHEN said that he and his team are here in Nigeria for action, not because Nigeria is a victim of terrorism due to the insurgency, but to assist in training and to profer solutions.
Chen highlighted that the fight against terrorism will not be complete without the role of the Law Enforcement Agencies. Therefore, the issue of coordination and training among the various Law Enforcement Agencies is Paramount, explaining that they must have basic trainings on close protection, to enable the Security Operatives protect themselves and the Populace in general. He therefore assured the Corps of UN-CTED support in training the personnel and to also give logistics support.
In the fight against Terrorists, the Deputy Executive Director of UN-CTED spoke point blank that Nigeria cannot fight terrorism in isolation, hence there must be involvement of other Nations of the world, such as donor nations to assist in Financing, Trainings and providing of Equipment based on the need of the particular Nation.
WEIXIONG CHEN speaking further, advocated that the Nigerian State in tackling terrorism, must be through a holistic approach involving the three tiers of governments (Federal, States and the Local Governments) pulling together their resources to wipe out the menace.
While appreciating the UN Team for their visit, the Commandant General enjoined the Team, calling on all Nigerians to work in harmony with all the tiers of government to achieve the desired peace we all hope for in Nigeria.