NSCDC Seeks Expertise To Combat Vandalism

The leadership of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has concluded plans to establish  a critical infrastructure and resilience programme that would help to stop the vandalisation of public property.     The Commandant-General of the Corps, Prof. Ade Abolurin, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, said the programme would be grounded in unprecedented public-private partnership, coordination and collaboration.     He noted that protecting certain national assets was critical to the national and economic security of Nigeria and the well being of its citizenry, and gave the assurance that his agency would take all necessary measures to protect them.      He stated this during his routine monthly meeting with zonal and state commandants, where he further hinted newsmen about the proposed all stakeholders’ conference organised in collaboration with the office of the National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan.     While  promising that  his agency was bent on effectively protecting its portion of the federal government critical infrastructure, Prof. Abolurin explained that ensuring the protection and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure is shared responsibility among multiple stakeholders, adding that neither government nor the private sector alone can go it alone.     Prof. Abolurin expressed regret that Nigeria had lost billions of Nigeria to the vandalisation of critical assets, and said that public- private partnerships were the foundation for effective protection of such critical mass of public infrastructure.     Some of such challenges, he said, are widespread theft of crude oil from pipelines and vandalisation of other critical infrastructure of government.     The NSCDC boss pointed out that the Corps was the principal body mandated by law to monitor, supervise and prosecute arrested vandals and enjoined community and religious  leaders and youth  groups, as well as sister security agencies among others to key into the campaign.