Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has hinted that the Corps is applying new information technologies in the monitoring and protection of mining sites and petroleum pipelines against illegal operators and vandals.
The civil defence boss revealed the new strategy at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja during the commemoration of the 2016 world Civil Defence Day celebration every March 1.
CG Gana Muhammadu said “The adoption of new technologies has helped to enhance our performance over the years while at the same time playing a vital role in the mitigation and prevention of disasters.
Recently, the minister of interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahaman Danbazzau (rtd.) announced the deployment of 3000 personnel to the various mining sites across the country, even as CG Gana said 5000 have been deployed to the North-East among other deployments to strategic places to beef up Security.
According to Gana, the Corps in line with the umbrella body, ICDO in Geneva, Switzerland is in the process of deploying modern mechanisms which is ICT driven to help inject professionalism into the operations of Civil Defence to conform with international best practice, stating that the Civil Defence Academy, Abuja is in the process of being upgraded into a modern ICT based Institution involved in training and retraining of personnel on modern technologies.
In the area of effective disaster response, timely dissemination of information and early warning about potential hazards, Gana said, the ICDO has recently established programmes to develop and deploy information and communication technologies, ICT, geographic information systems and remote sensing and satellite data for effective monitoring.
Corroborating the statement of Gana, ICDO Secretary General, Vladimir Kuvshinor said, “This year, we are not only celebrating World Civil Defence Day but we are also commemorating the 85th anniversary of our Organisation.
“The International Civil Defence Organisation has come a long way from its beginnings in 1931 as the small Organisation to the current ICDO – a large and united world family.”
Kuvshinor further stated that, the importance of Scientific and technological solutions to complex problems presented by disasters cannot be over emphasised, noting that in social realities, new technologies must be implemented in such a way as to benefit the largest possible segments of the civilian, children, the disabled and the elderly. Without Modern Science and technology there can be no world, safe from natural and manmade disaster he reiterated.
Joining in commemoration of the World Civil Defence Day, the Hon Minister of state for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanieri seeks for collaboration and partnership with the Corps in the area of Disaster prevention and mitigation.
He said the Corps is a Critical stakeholder in Disaster Management, hence, the need to bring other stakeholders together to plan and re-strategise towards disaster reduction and provision of primary Health Care to victims and the populace
Gana therefore seized the occasion to congratulate Corps personnel across the country, admonishing them to continue to give them utmost best by embracing the new World challenge in application of modern science and technological know-how in the execution of the Corps mandate especially in the protection of Critical Infrastructure.
He assured the Government that with the engagement of the Corps in protection of Mining Sites, Illegal Mining henceforth will be stopped.
He further advised Illegal miners to desist or relocate from the country as the law is no respecter of any persons.

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