NSCDC trains 364 officers on school safety response

By Mosunmola Ayobami

The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC ) Dr Ahmed Audi has disclosed that the dimensional complexities and challenges schools nation wide are exposed to remains the main reason behind the setting up of the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre (NSSRCC) by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Audi stated this at the closing ceremony of the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre (NSSRCC) Capacity Building Programme For Safe Schools Response Team, tagged:”EXERCISE SAFE SCHOOLS 2023″

The center which was launched at the corps Headquarters on the 13th of Feb. 2023 had it zonal training held in Makurdi where 364 officers of the corps were trained.

The ceremony was held at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Square in Makurdi had in attendance as the chief host the Executive Governor of Benue State Rev Fr.Dr.Hyacinth Alia.

“To avert cases of attacks and violence in Schools in the Country, the tasks ahead of the Centre is enomous and therefore requires effective synergy and collaboration” he said.

He commended the Government of Benue State for providing the enabling environment for the success of the training and promised the determination of the NSCDC in discharging her core mandate and response to other changing security dynamics in the country.

In his remarks, the Chief host, the Governor of Benue State Rev. Fr. Dr Hyacinth Alia commended the Commandant General Dr Ahmed Audi mni,OFR for choosing Benue State as the host of the laudable training exercise for North Central Nigeria.

The Governor noted that there are key roles the corps can play to avert crisis and gang violence, so our children can seat in the classroom and learn without anxiety”

The governor promised to provide the needed support for the Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre and donated promptly a centre to be domicile in Makurdi.

Earlier in his keynote address, Secretary to the Federal Government,Senator George Akume,who was represented by Permanent Secretary Special Services Office at the Presidency Abuja, Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi, expressed the commitment of the Federal Government of Nigeria in steaming and curbing the issues of insecurity around Nigerian Schools.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation said “you will correspondly empower teachers and others within the School community with the appropriate skills to respond to emergencies”.

The garment of the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre is anchored on Government determination to provide safe conducive environment for learning, he therefore promised Government resolve to provide security agencies the needed Technological know how to curb insecurity around Schools in Nigeria.

Providing an overview of the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre, Commander of the Centre, Chief superintendent of Corps (CSC) Tersoo Shaapera PhD, said the training was a coordinated response by all stakeholders in stopping arising insecurity around Schools in Nigeria, by deploying multi sectoral initiatives and coordination where the security agencies, Government, schools, teachers and even the students are involved.

He further said that the NSSRCC was established following the submission of the Schools vulnerability survey by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps

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