At least 400 officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been trained on how to handle various types of weapons.
The training comes as part of measures to complement the effort of the Nigerian Armed Forces in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.
The exercise was conducted by the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Sobi in Ilorin, the Kwara State’s capital.
Speaking on Wednesday at the passing out ceremony of the second batch of the 200 officers, the Brigade’s Chief of Staff, Colonel Ola Falade, who represented the Commandant, sought more roles for the NSCDC, especially in the area of Nigeria’s internal security.
He said the corps were trained in weapons handling and expressed the confidence that they could now handle the weapons professionally.
Colonel Falade noted that the NSCDC could complement in tackling insecurity, saying they could take over most of the internal security operations while the military would focus on more serious challenges.
He pointed out that Nigeria could emulate other developed countries where the military deals with major challenges facing the country.
The Kwara State Commandant of NSCDC, Awili Pedro, said the training would be a continuous process for the officers of the NSCDC.
Some of the graduating participants expressed their gratitude to the Federal Government and the NSCDC for giving them the opportunity to take part in such training.
They expressed hope that it would make them more disciplined in all ramifications.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, says the Senate is committed to making the interests of Nigerians more paramount.
This according to the senator, would help restructure the nation on the right path.
Dr. Saraki gave the assurance in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital during his 53rd birthday celebration, saying it was not a time for celebration rather a time of reflection.
While assuring the citizens of better days ahead despite the challenges confronting the nation, he restated that the leadership of the nation would ensure the interests of citizens were given priority.
The Senate President also said that the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly was working towards making policies that would affect the lives of Nigerians positively.
The Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on people of the north to stop relying heavily on revenues derived from oil and look inwards to harness its huge agricultural and other mineral potentials in the region.
Delivering a lecture at the inauguration of a new leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) in Kaduna on Tuesday, Governor Ahmed noted that the north would continue to face marginalisation in the sharing of federal allocation if it continued to rely heavily on proceeds from oil.
“The extent at which the region controls its economic resources will go a long way in determining the degree of its political power in the country,” governor Ahmed said.
speaking on the topic, “Northern Nigerian Economy Free of Oil Revenue”, the Kwara State governor lamented that the discovery of oil in Nigeria, rather than being a blessing to the region, had caused severe dislocations in the region’s socio-economic and political development, stating that the deprivation faced by northerners in the last 53 years made mockery of the region and made natural endowments to stand on its own.
The governor is urging people of the north to look inwards and go back to agriculture and other economic activities which the north was known for. For him, the north and indeed Nigeria could have conquered poverty, security and economic challenges being faced currently if its policy makers had diversified the nation’s economy outside oil.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo, said the present administration was working closely with the various state governments and leadership of the northern states in transforming their economies, but also supported the position of the Kwara State governor on the need for the north to free itself from depending heavily on oil revenue.
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, is tackling the numerous challenges facing Nigeria, on the spiritual front.
While efforts are being made on the political front to find solutions to these issues, General Gowon on Monday, November 4, led other members of ‘Nigeria Prays’ in a prayer session in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The Former Head of State noted that the problems confronting the country require divine intervention, and prayed God to forgive the country of its sins.
The prayer session was also attended by the Kwara State Deputy Governor, Peter Kishira.
General Yakubu Gowon was the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after a military coup d’état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian Government successfully prevented Biafran separation during the 1967 to 1970 Nigeria Civil War.