The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Commandant General Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has charged the Corps personnel to ensure effective synergy and collaboration with other security agencies without rancour.
Gana said, all hands must be on deck in tackling the current security challenges confronting the Nation most especially the issue of incessant kidnapping along the Abuja-Kaduna axis. Therefore, he urged personnel to be resolute, peaceful, tolerant and accommodative without clashing with personnel of other security agencies, rather they should channel their energy towards providing adequate security for the protection of the civil populace and critical infrastructure which is part of the Corps core mandate.
In same vein, the authority of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has reiterated its commitment to ensuring transparency in the Corps in line with Mr. President’s drive against corruption.
The Commandant General of the Corps Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu made this known at the Corps Headquarters, Abuja while addressing personnel to shun rumours making the round that certain sum of money was found in his private account.
The Corps Chief Executive stressed that since assumption of office in July 2015 till date, the budgetary allocation released to the Corps has never been up to N7 billion but rumour mongers are concocting stories that N6billion was found in his account which is fallacious and highly unimaginable.
He stated further that, the mischieve makers posited that the alleged money was meant for staff that were promoted 2 years ago. ”This is not possible because Government in this era cannot allow such huge amount of money to be paid into a private account when it is meant for an Agency.
However, the Corps helmsman who is an anti-corruption crusader said ”in this dispensation where payment is done centrally through the CBN e-payment process, how can one person move such an amount of money to a private account without been conscious of the fact that bubble will burst.”
It is worthy of note that, Gana upon resumption of office in 2015, put in place mechanism to guarantee welfare of the personnel by maintaining an open door policy, setting up a public complaint desk, strengthening the Anti-Corruption and transparency unit, as well as the Anti-fraud units for the purpose of transparency and for personnel to channel their grievances, make inquiry and have their complain treated.
As a welfarist, the Commandant General, upon receiving complaints about the stoppage of personnel shift allowances, which was done before his assumption of office, quickly set machineries in motion to restore the payment of the shift allowance and arrears to the delight of all personnel.
Similarly, on the issue of promotion carried out 2years ago before his appointment, it should be pointed out that the funds released by government was insufficient to cater for the upgrade. However, adequate provisions have been made to take care of such challenge in the 2017 budget.
He urge personnel to remain committed to their professional calling and dismiss the rumours as a smear campaign and attempt by character assassins to rubbish the leadership of the Corps for their selfish ambition but that will not deter him from transforming the Corps better than the way he met it.
”Although, no matter how hard you try, people will still try to find fault and speak ills about you, nonetheless, he remains relentlessly committed to taking the Corps to an enviable height, and therefore, admonished personnel to prevent any crack on the wall for lizard to penetrate”.
He preaches peace in this ”Ramandan season, urging both Moslems and Christians to embrace one another as members of one big family.
Gana said he left everything in the hands of God as only god can judge.
ACC EMMANUEL OKEH