The United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, INL, has donated equipment worth 100, 000 dollars to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to enhance its operation.
NSCDC Commandant General, Muhammed Gana presented the equipment to the Borno state command of the corps at a ceremony in Maiduguri on Wednesday.
Mr Gana, represented by Ahmed Audi, Assistant Commander General, ASG, in charge of the Northeast said the gesture would enhance the operation of the command.
He reiterated the NSCDC’s commitment towards safeguarding critical infrastructure in the country.
Mr Gana, said the corps had deployed more than 1, 000 personnel to compliment the military in the counter insurgency operation in the Northeast.
According to him, the core responsibility of the corps is to prevent violence through alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
“The Commandant General is committed to the improvement of personnel welfare, as many personnel were elevated in the recent promotion,” he said.
Mr Gana lauded the US and the Borno State Government for their numerous support to the NSCDC, and urged officers and men of the corps to be disciplined and dedicated to duty.
The INL Country Director James Jewett reiterated U.S. Government’s commitment to assisting security agencies in Nigeria in building their capacities to better serve the citizens.
“INL values the relationship we have developed with the NSCDC and we look to assist them further with training and equipment,” Jewett said.
Also, Governor Kashim Shettima, commended the U.S. for its support to the corps, noting that the gesture would go a long in peace restoration to the sub-region.
Our correspondent observed that the donated items included 40 KVA Generator, first aid kits and assorted electronic equipment.