The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) ,has sensitized residents of Badagry, Lagos on grassroot security to enable them to live in a conducive environment.
Addressing major stakeholders in Badagry, the Commandant, NSCDC, Lagos State Command, Commandant Eweka Okoro said the objective of the programme was to enlighten the people on how to prevent insecurity in their area.
He said currently security needs all efforts by all and sundry.
“Here today we want to teach you on how to prevent insecurity in your environment because it is only when you are alive that you can project for the future.The command is fully aware of the present state of the nation, so it is necessary that we enlighten the general public on how to secure themselves first,” he said.
The commandant was represented by the Public Relations Officer, PRO Lagos Command, Assistant Superintendent of Corps Abolurin Olumide.
He said that the corps was the most robust organisation that is the closest the larger society which is the grassroot.
“We work with market women, the youths, School children, NYSC, NGO, religious leaders and institutions to ensure they fell our impulse and get field back from them
” We use the information we gather from them to ensure there is peace and security as regards to civil development within our community.
“As we all know that if there is no peace in the grassroot, there can’t be peace at the larger society,” he said.
He lauded the commanding officer, Chief Superintendent of Corps(CSC) Akinyemi Rasheed, for maintaining good relationship with other security agencies in Badagry.
Speaking, the Divisional Officer, CSC, Akinyemi Rasheed said the programme was aimed at passing messages to people of Badagry to be security conscious with their environment.
According to him, Civil Defence is closer to the grassroot and this is why we put together the programme so that everyone in Badagry will know what to do at a particular time.
He implored the residents of Badagry to see the corps as a friend, brothers and sisters.
“I want the people of Badagry to see the corps as a friend, we are civil defenders we stay with you and we are the security at the grassroot.Since my assumption of office here, we have tried to reduce vandalism and petrol bunkering to bearest minimum by arresting many vandals and we are on top of the situation,” he said.
Mr Panya Usman, the Assistant Commander of Narcotics, NDLEA, Seme, in his address said most of the crime committed today in our society was associated with drug abuse.
He said that the agency is not only for arrest and prosecution of drug offenders, adding that they had a public enlightenment unit which was in line with drug reduction.
Usman showcase different types of drugs and how parents can detect children that were into drugs under them
He advised youths to shun drug abuse for a brighter future.
Mrs Olaita Agbabiaje, the representative of the Salvation Army, an NGO on Anti-Human Trafficking Organization said human trafficking is a grave crime against humanity.
She elaborated different ways in which people were being trafficking outside the country and sold into slavery.
Also, Mrs Aina Lawal, an official of Lagos State Fire Service, also enlightened the general public on how to prevent fire disaster and how to put out the fire before the arrival of the service.
The CAN Coordinator in Badagry, Pastor Sunday Hunyinbo urged NSCDC to further bring the programme to the Churches and other public places.
He commended them for organising the programme for residents in Badagry.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that agency at the event are the Nigeria Correctional Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service.
Other organizations represented at the event include; religious bodies, local council authorities, traditional institutions, community leaders, non – governmental organization(Salvation Army), NYSC members, women and the youths.
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