The Acting Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Hilary Kelechi Madu has directed all Zonal commanders and State Commandants to ensure optimal enforcement and general compliance of Corona virus Disease (Covid-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in their various commands.
In a statement, released by the Corps via their Twitter handle, Madu, while emphasizing that strict adherence to the executive order by the Corps is predicated on the need to preserve the sanctity of life of Nigerians in different parts of the country, noted that as a major stakeholder in the provision of security and safety, as well as the preservation of health and wellbeing of Nigerians, all hands must be on deck to support the good intention of government in the face of the widespread and rising numbers of Covid19 cases in Nigeria.
TheFact reports that each state command of the Corps was charged to internalize the directive by ensuring absolute compliance of all personnel to the covid-19 protocols in their respective states and zones to keep safe at the frontline while enforcing the guidelines for preventing the spread and containment of the Covid19 virus.
The acting CG further directed the stepping up of sensitization and citizen’s enlightenment campaign to encourage non-adherents to the covid19 guidelines to take responsibility in ensuring that they stay safe with their loved ones.
He stressed that the second wave of the pandemic must not be treated with kid gloves but with all sense of responsibility and seriousness, noting that the new variant of the virus has proven to be more deadly and fast becoming widespread in the country due to the indifferent attitude of our people to the scourge.
Madu, reiterated that the Corps must join forces with the Federal Government to mitigate and control the covid19 pandemic, and therefore directed the composition of a five man monitoring and enforcement team comprising of some carefully selected officers and men to identify key focal areas such as markets, schools, motor parks, churches and mosques, recreation centers and so on, with a warning that any officer caught extorting money from the public will face summary dismissal as this assignment is not a means to line their pockets with proceeds of corrupt practices.
The enforcement teams are to further ensure that no person shall be allowed within the premises of all identified focal areas except such person complies with all laid down protocols such as wearing of face covering that covers the nose and mouth, washing of hands with running water or hand sanitizer and temperature checks which should not exceed not 38 degrees Celsius.
The acting CG however, warned personnel against unnecessary harassment of citizens in the course of their assignment which must be undertaken with renewed zeal and an absolute sense of patriotism.
“I enjoin all personnel to put on the toga of civility which the corps is noted for, whilst our watchword, “humility and integrity in service delivery” should guide you never to go out of order. Rather, be disciplined and professional in your approach, do not molest anyone while discharging your duty and respect their fundamental human rights”, Madu said.
He commend the ceaseless effort of all officers and men of the Corps across the country, especially those in the frontline of covid19 duty and encouraged them to continue to give maximum cooperation to their state government while at the same time synergizing with other relevant stakeholders for better performance.