Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has procured and commissioned 93 specialised operational vehicles to increase the mobility and combat efficiency of its personnel in it mission areas, especially in the ongoing fight against oil theft.
The minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who commissioned the newly acquired vehicles in Abuja, described the feat as a strategy to sustain a responsive and professional civil defence in its unrelenting fight against the vandals and other criminals
Aregbesola, who warned that the Federal Government and Nigerians at large would no longer accept excuses for failure, said the move is in pursuant of the radical and proactive steps by government towards addressing the challenge of insecurity in the country.
He said: “This is a leap in government’s avowed commitment towards repositioning the country’s internal security organs, particularly the NSCDC for better performance.
“The acquisition of the 93 specialised vehicles is in tandem with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s policy of tackling insecurity heads on, in the nation’s march towards social and economic development and the building of a safe and secure Nigeria.
“As we all aware, there are challenges of vandalism of critical national assets and infrastructure, theft of crude and refined oil, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, ritual killings and insurgency, among other heinous crimes that have become a cankerworm that must be eliminated.
“The ministry, under my watch, remains unwavering, resolute and committed towards strengthening the capacity and capabilities of these organs of government to effectively deliver on their mandate.”
On his part, the commandant-general of the corps, Dr. Abubakar Ahmed Audi expressed the optimism that newly acquired vehicles would ease the corps’ mobility, movement of logistics and combat manoeuvres