The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has reiterated its commitment to the protection of schools and farming communities against banditry and criminal activities in Kano State.
The state Commandant of the corps Mr Abu Abdu-Tambuwal said this while addressing personnel of the corps as part of activities to mark the 2021 International Civil Defence Day on Wednesday in Kano.
Abdu-Tambuwal said the corps was mandated to provide security to schools, colleges and tertiary institutions of learning, to create a safe and secured learning environment.
“The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has directed the corps to protect schools and colleges as part of our mandate to defend the defenceless.
“We must protect our students from bandits and criminals in addition to the protection of national assets from vandalism.
“We must stand firm to defend the defenseless and critical national assets to make Nigeria great,” he said.
According to him, the corps has deployed Agro Rangers to communities to mediate and resolve farmers/pastoral clashes.
He added that the team recorded significant successes in enhancing peace building and conflict resolution in the society.
Abdu-Tambuwal explained that Agro Rangers were deployed to the Danshoshiya Forest Reserve while plans had reached an advanced stage to deploy additional rangers to two other reserves across the state.
“Agro Rangers are specially trained to protect and safeguard farmers to enable them to cultivate their farmlands to achieve food security,” he said.
While calling on the personnel to be dedicated in the discharge of their duties, Abdu-Tambuwal reiterated the corps commitment to the protection of lives and property.
Meanwhile, the NSCDC has decorated officers and men of the corps who excelled in various sport competitions in the past one year.
The commandant said the officers and men of the corps participated and won gold medals in various sporting events organised for security agencies in the country.
“Their performances are glory and pride to the command,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three players were decorated with gold medals while many others were awarded certificates.