Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC has declared that it lacks manpower to tackle the raising challenge of pipeline vandalism in the Niger delta region.
The Corps however said it is doing its best to meet up with its constitutional mandate, even as it thanked the Federal Government for providing equipment that are very useful to meet with the challenges of combating vandals and bringing their nasty acts to a halt.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the NSCDC national headquarters, Abuja, the Commandant General of the Corps, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu lamented that the agency presently does not have enough manpower to cover all the pipelines, especially the current bombardment of the pipelines by Niger Delta militants.
The statement quoted the CG as promising that as soon as call was made from the distressed area the intelligence team of the NSCDC rushed to the scene and work is in progress.
The Corps’ spokesman, an assistant commandant, Emmanuel Okeh, did not answer Nigerian Pilot’s phone call for clarification, and could not reply the text sent to him at the time of going to press.
The statement however assured that the fight against vandals and vandalism now has a new face, stressing that a Special Task Force ably led by ACG’s assisted by Commandants and some Officers and Men of the Corps are already working assiduously to combat the vandals and their dastard acts which is yielding positive results daily.
The statement said Gana disclosed the new strategy during an interview session in his office that the Protection of Critical Infrastructure is the core mandate of the NSCDC which involves Protection of Oil Pipelines, Communication Equipment and Cables, Railway Lines, Electricity facilities, Water Pipelines and other National Assets.
He revealed that in Rivers State alone 20 persons have been convicted for various offences, while 80 arrests were made between January and November, 2015.
He affirmed that part of the mandate of the NSCDC is to protect life and property, and it is the duty of the Corps to work in such manner to ensure that society should be at peace, expressing delight that the NNPC has now come to terms that the NSCDC is their partner in progress, and that the corporation has now seen the need to work hand in hand with the Corps. I am very happy about this development.
Putting to rest the recruitment issue, Abdullahi Gana highlighted that when he assumed office as the Commandant General, he inherited Regular Officers and Men and Volunteers personnel, he then sought to know the numerical strength of both, so that even the Volunteers can be trained to enable them from time to time assist the Regular Officers and Men in carrying out assignments that will be of benefit to the society in general. There was no recruitment or replacement that took place.
The CG explained further, According to him, ‘’if we are recruiting, due process will be followed and we will advertise in both the electronic and print media so that my brothers and sisters who are in need of job can apply for employment into the NSCDC.”

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