Russian government has indicated interest to train officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on modern skills in disaster management.
Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Russia, Nikolay Udovichenko, stated this when he paid a courtesy visit on the NSCDC’s Commandant-General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, in his office in Abuja.
Consequently, the ambassador invited the NSCDC boss to Russia for both parties to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU.
Udovichenko, who was accompanied by his Attachee at the Russian Embassy, Denis Bukshnaitis, assured that the Russian Federation through its Ministry of Civil Defence is delighted to partner with the NSCDC and they will stop at nothing to enable it achieve its mandate in Nigeria, by providing robust capacity building for personnel.
The ambassador disclosed that the visit has already been communicated to the federal government and also to the ministry of foreign affairs.
He disclosed that the Ministry of Civil Defence, Russia, is made up of 17 functional and active departments, saying the NSCDC will benefit from the partnership.
Responding, the commandant-general assured that the collaboration between the NSCDC and the Russian Ministry of Civil Defence would grow to an enviable height, stressing that the partnership would enable its officers acquire modern skills that will propel them to discharge their statutory duties the way it is done abroad.
He maintained that he is desirous of moving the corps forward, noting that he will visit Russia with some of his personnel to acquire more skills in disaster management.
The CG also promised to brief his boss, the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau, rtd, of the invitation to Russia, before he will officially write a letter of acceptance.
NSCDC has the statutory responsibility of protecting critical infrastructure and national assets, mitigate natural and man-made disasters and regulate the activities of private security companies.