The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbosola, has averred that the newly decorated Deputy Commandants General, DCGs, of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, are well able to tackle the nation’s security threats.
Aregbesola made the assertion Wednesday, 8 June 2022, when he decorated five DCGs of the NSCDC, alongside four of their counterparts from the Nigeria Immigration Service, at the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board, Abuja.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the five newly decorated DCGs of the NSCDC are: DCG Nnamdi Ikechukwu Nwinyi, DCG Bassey O. Bassey, DCG Zakari Ibrahim Ningi, fdc, DCG Cladius Yakubu, and DCG Dauda Danladi Mungadi.
While congratulating the newly decorated officers on their elevation, the Minister, who doubles as the Chairman, Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board, CDCFIB, charged the nine newly confirmed DCGs to see their promotion as a call to higher service.
He advised each of them to provide quality leadership in their various services by leveraging on their wealth of experience to play extra-ordinary roles in their agencies, noting that their acceleration has come at the most challenging time in Nigeria’s history.
The Minister expressed confidence in the capabilities of the newly decorated DCGs to deal with threats arising from insecurity as perpetrated by the nation’s enemies, considering the local and international training and exposure they have had over the years, which, pits them in good stead to solve the myriads of security challenges in the country today.
Aregbesola tasked the new Deputy Commandants General of NSCDC to go after the perpetrators of the gruesome murder of innocent worshipers in a Catholic church in Owo town, Ondo state, by playing direct roles rather than a complementary one in confronting the menace of bandits attacks and killings of innocent souls across the country.
“We must put an end to all criminals playing with the intelligence of the Nigerian State. You have no excuse whatsoever not to perform going by the level of training you have received both locally and Internationally and I charge you to launch your arsenals against the perpetrators of Owo church attack, play a direct role and not a complementary role but synergize with other security agencies to fish the criminals out and let’s bring them to justice”, the Minister said.
He further admonished the Commandant General to use his instruments of grassroot penetration and Intelligence to unearth the heartless criminals and effect necessary arrest of those nefarious elements attacking innocent citizens and disturbing the peace of the nation.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, on his part, remarked that the promotion of the DCGs was guided by extant laws and regulations after thorough screening, and urged the officers to deploy their experience in the attainment of their agencies’ mandates, noting that the Interior Ministry holds such virtues as dedication, patriotism, effeciency amongst others, in high esteem.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner in charge of Appointment and Promotion, Major General Etim Bassey (Rtd), said the criteria considered for the elevation of the DCGs, who represent different geopolitical zones, include written examinations, oral interviews, merit, seniority and annual performance appraisal.
Responding at the end of the ceremony, the Commandant General, CG Ahmed Abubakar Audi, thanked the Minister of Interior, the Permanent Secretary and the Management of the Board for confirming the DCGs for the NSCDC, and stressed that the service will not disappoint the Ministry and by extension, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He equally charged the newly confirmed DCGs to improve on their performance in order to achieve the vision and mission of the Corps.
Audi further commended the Minister for his leadership style and for always bringing all the agencies under his purview together to refocus their operational lenses through constant mentoring and support, while noting that such action promotes cohesion, sense of belonging, determination for success and above all, motivation for all personnel of the agencies under the supervision of the Ministry.
Each of the DCGs were symbolically decorated with their new ranks by the Minister of Interior assisted by spouses and relations after their citations were read by the Board Secretary, Hajiya Aisha Rufai.