The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has described the state of insecurity in the country as temporary.
The minister made this remark at the passing out ceremony of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, Female Squad in Katsina State on Friday.
He said: “Let me assure Nigerians that the current situation is temporary and we will soon pass by the grace of God.
“Our President, Muhammadu Buhari has given law enforcement agents a new task to totally restore peace for every community in the country.
“We shall not rest or be tired until this task is accomplished.”
According to the minister, no meaningful development could be achieved in a situation of chaos, violence and insecurity, adding that the female squad was established to assist the security in schools nationwide.
Mr Aregbesola directed other agencies in the ministry such as the Immigration, Nigeria Correctional Service and Federal Fire Service to establish a women squad and give them tasks.
“Women are more than half of our population, it is important therefore to include them in any act of nation building, including security.”
The minister noted that the government would continue to enhance the performance of the Corps through adequate funding.
He urged the NSCDC management to give personnel welfare a top priority to enable it to achieve its mandate, while appealing to Nigerians to continue to provide security agencies with useful information about criminals for prompt action.
Mr Aregbesola charged the trainees to work hard to safeguard the students and arrest those who violate women’s rights in communities.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, described the establishment of the squad as timely especially due to the issue of parents withdrawing their children from schools.
Mr Masari, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, urged the Corps to train more women to cover the entire nation.