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CSO commends Representatives for introducing the NSCDC Trust Fund Bill

Jul 27, 2023 | Security | 0 comments

Save Nigeria Movement, a rights organisation, rolled out drums to commemorate the House of Representatives first reading of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Trust Fund Bill, sponsored by Hon. Philip Agbese, calling it a major milestone that would improve national security.

In a press release signed by Rev. Solomon Semaka, the Convener of Save Nigeria Movement, and made available to journalists in Abuja, the CSO that prides itself as a frontline advocate for good governance and policy reforms praised the initiative and commended the bill’s sponsor for his foresight and determination to address Nigeria’s national security challenges, urging other lawmakers to think outside the box and come up with similar progressive laws and reforms.

“The Security and Civil Defence Trust Fund comes at a time when Nigeria is battling with multiple security concerns,” the statement said. The law would provide the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) special resources to secure important infrastructure like oil and power plants, battle new threats, and protect residents’ lives and property.

The CSO was optimistic that the proposed NSCDC Trust Fund would benefit the Corps, especially in providing modern equipment, training facilities, and improved working conditions, boosting morale and efficiency.

“The envisioned advantages of the NSCDC Trust Fund include but are not limited to acquiring improved weaponry and protective gear, upgrading surveillance kits, obtaining utility vehicles, and building contemporary office spaces and housing facilities for workers,” the statement said. This timely injection of resources will enhance the agency’s operating skills, allowing them to react quickly and effectively to rising security concerns.

The CSO also commended the House of Representatives’ unwavering support for the bill, which showed their recognition of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps’ vital role in protecting the nation’s critical assets and lives, and called for continued support from other stakeholders to ensure the bill’s passage and implementation.

“Nigerians owe Hon. Philip Agbese for this proactive and sensible legislation. His colleagues’ backing indicates the bill’s depth. He should keep leading as a respected politician. This measure was unanimously supported because of Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, the first NSCDC Commandant General recruited from inside the organisation. His skills and dedication to the agency have helped pass the measure. The statement stated, “His reforms are working, and Nigeria will soon be secure.”

The statement added, “when the law moves to successive readings, civil society organisations, people, and key stakeholders are invited to unify in their support to guarantee its effective implementation.” By supporting this project, Nigeria may improve its security, safeguard its people, and foster sustainable growth and prosperity. Save Nigeria Movement will work with the government to make the NSCDC Trust Fund successful for all Nigerians.

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