Posted By Godwin Onyemaechi
President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred National Honour of Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) on Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
In a press statement e-signed and released to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP by the Corps’ Spokesperson, DCC Olusola Odumosu stated that, “President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has conferred National Honour of Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) on Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).”
According to the statement, “Audi was conferred with the National Honour on Tuesday at the International Conference Center (ICC) in Abuja alongside other eminent personalities totalling 450 recipients.”
A breakdown of the 450 recipients by category recorded 6 Grand Commanders of the Order of the Niger (GCON), 55 Commanders of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR), 65 Commanders of the Order of the Niger (CON), 70 Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR), 6 foreigners for Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).
Others are 110 Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), 74 Members of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), 55 Members of the Order of the Niger (MON), 4 Federal Republic Medal- First Class (FRM I), 4 Federal Republic Medal- Second Class (FRM II).
Dr Audi joined NSCDC in November, 1996 as a volunteer and was later regularised as a full fledged officer of the Corps upon the signing into law of the 2003 NSCDC Act establishing the Corps as a full fledged Paramilitary Agency of Government.
He served in various capacities in the last 26 years until his appointment as the 3rd Substantive NSCDC Commandant General (CG) on March 1st, 2021.
He became a Member of the National Institute (mni) as an Alumnus of the Prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) after attending the Senior Executive Course 38.
Dr. Audi is also a member and Fellow of many prestigious professional bodies, he has received several Professional Merit Awards and has attended many local and international trainings.
Audi, has since his appointment hit the ground running with his vision to rejig, re-energise, revitalise, revamp, re-focus, restructure and reposition the Corps for better performance.
Under his watch, NSCDC has been rejuvenated and has not only recorded string of successes in the Protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, conviction of arrested suspects but has ensured regular and prompt sharing of actionable intelligence and effective synergy with other security Agencies.
This feat and many more have earned him commendation from the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) for his display of extraordinary patriotism, professionalism and commitment which earned him the OFR award by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
According to the NSCDC boss after the conferment “I am highly grateful to be acknowledged and awarded by President Buhari with such National Honour and this signifies the need to put in more efforts towards improving national security.
“I also want to commend my officers and men for their support, hardwork, bravery, resilience and synergy with other security agencies.
“I dedicate this Honour first to God Almighty, all well meaning Nigerians and my gallant officers and men across the country who have made this achievement possible.
Audi assured Nigerians that NSCDC would redouble its efforts and go extra miles in fulfilling its mandate to make Nigeria great, safe and secure.