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Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, has said that the agency has taken steps to promote better welfare of retired personnel of the Service.
He made this known at the official opening of the national secretariat of Nigeria Association of Retired Civil Defence Officers, (NARCDO), in Abuja.
Audi pointed that that what brought about the establishment of NARDCO and its office complex was the plight of NSCDC retirees.
“Having this association is a way of encouraging them just like other organisations because we have noticed that some of them live in agony and want, while others have been neglected, which shouldn’t be the case,” he said.
He said the operations of the Association will give room for collaborations with financial institutions which will help bring it to a level of competition with other associations.
President of the association, Deputy Commandant General (rtd), Dr. Ewurum Chidi, called on the federal government to consider outstanding retired officers for appointments into strategic positions of government.
He said doing this will better the organisation and welfare of its members and give them room to continue to lend their experiences for national growth and development.
Ewurum said the non-implementation of the proposed conditions of service, gratuity and pensions to retired NSCDC officers had been a challenge, one he said is not peculiar to NARDCO alone but to the generality of the Corps
He said “proffering solutions to these challenges will bring an end to the difficulties experienced by most retirees.”
Earlier, Minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who was represented by permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, inaugurated the newly reconstructed NSCDC parade ground, two units of two bedrooms, one unit of one bedroom flats at the Corps Headquarters.
He commended the NSCDC CG for his transformation efforts in the agency towards having a motivated workforce to tackle emerging security challenges in the country.
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