U.S. embassy to partner NSCDC on manpower development

.Corps shuts down 200 illegal mining sites
By Valentine Amanze

The Director of International Narcotic and Law Enforcement of the American Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. James Jowett, has promised that his office would train the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel who are currently occupying the liberated communities in Borno State.
Jowett was responding to the request of the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Mr. Abdullahi Gana, for the embassy’s assistance on manpower development during a visit to his Abuja office.
Gana had requested that apart from the training on the Corps mandate, the Corps need more training in the areas of mining to identify solid minerals that were being exploited illegally by miners and economic saboteurs as well as in providing physical security to the Agro-Allied investment sector, which hitherto led to the formation of the Agro-Rangers Squad.
Gana further disclosed that not less than 200 illegal mining sites had been shut down by the Corps personnel and not less than 600 illegal refineries destroyed in the creek within the Niger Delta region.
But Jowett assured Gana, that as the new Director of International Narcotic Law Enforcement with the US Embassy in Nigeria, the Corps was the first agency he visited and was happy to partner with the it in the areas of training and retraining of the personnel as requested by the Commandant General.
He also promised that under his watch, the Embassy would not only assist with equipment but train those to man and handle it without difficulties.
Jowett however disclosed that the Embassy had mapped out the training programme and would embark on Zonal training of the Corps personnel on protection of Critical Infrastructure before the year runs out.
It would be recalled that the Corps as an International Organisation was established in 2003 with the mandate of protecting Critical Infrastructure and National Assets, Registering, Training, Monitoring and Licensing of Private Guards Security and in Charge of Emergency and Disaster Management as a Critical stakeholder.

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