FRENCH government has said it will offer training to officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, in areas of equipment and intelligence gathering. France also lauded the contributions of the Corps in the fight against terrorism in the North East Nigeria. Representative of the France Embassy in Nigeria and Interior Security Attache to the Embassy, GERARD Le MER, who disclosed this when he paid a courtesy call on the NSCDC Commandant General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, assured of his country’s support in tackling the perennial problem. Le MER disclosed further that the France Ambassador just returned from the North East on inspection of the area ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgents, and that the embassy is ready to collaborate with the Corps in the area of training and possibly, to arrange a visit of the Commandant General to France and most importantly information and intelligence sharing. GERARD highlighted that as the Interior Security Attache at the embassy, he is pleased with the role of the NSCDC in the protection of Critical Infrastructure, and as such the Corps needs to be supported with modern technologies for effective monitoring and operations. Meanwhile, the NSCDC boss, Gana Muhammadu has hinted that the Corps is set to bring back normalcy to the North East by taking over the liberated areas, provide security at the IDP Camps entry and exit points. The CG said the Civil
Defence apart from involving in the protection of lives and properties, is the lead Agency in the protection of Critical Infrastructure and National Assets in Nigeria , noting that the Corps have recorded significant achievements in curbing the acts of vandalism, illegal bunkery, and stemming the tide of illegal refineries within a record time of its establishment. He added, that the Corps as a critical stakeholder in Disaster Management have already deployed 2,300 Personnel to the North East while 2,700 shall be joining them soon having a total 5,000 strong NSCDC Personnel to mount the entry and exit points of the cities, in order to re-assure the victims of the insurgency that peace has returned to their communities and that they are free to return to their various homes, with the security architecture put in place to protect them. The NSCDC Leader further acknowledged that the visit of the France Emissary will aid in the discussion on the modalities of training of personnel on civil protection and equipment support, to enhance the performance of the Corps in the discharging of her mandate in disaster management and repositioning of the Private Guards Company to assist the NSCDC and other Security Agencies on information gathering at the grassroots level. The Commandant General appreciated the Embassy for the visit and promised a very robust relationship, and maintained that training on disaster management will improve the Corps role in rescue, mitigation and rehabilitation of victims of emergency situations.

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