Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel to join forces and ensure security in the country.
Adesina made the call at the decoration of 39 newly-promoted officers of the corps in Abuja on Tuesday.
He charged the officers, who were elevated from Deputy Commandant to the rank of Commandant, to discharge their duties creditable, saying that promotion came with greater responsibilities.
The presidential aide, who was a guest at the event, said, “we know that there are challenges in Nigeria, particularly in the area of security and the NSCDC has a very big role to play.
“I know that one day the security challenges will be over and when we sit down to write the story of how Nigeria surmounted insecurity, NSCDC will be mentioned for good.”
According to him, through Abdullahi Gana, the Commandant-General of the Corps, I have monitored and evaluated that this promotion was strictly based on merit.
“I was told that some of those promoted had been on the same rank for 10 years which was not good.
“It is a welcome development to have 39 promoted officers spread round the country.
“This is the kind of Nigeria we desire where things are done on merit and I want to commend the CG and recommend that he continues in that pattern,” Adesina said.
He encouraged those yet to be promoted to put in more effort, knowing that their efforts would be rewarded.
In his remarks, the commandant-general congratulated the officers and charged them to be diligent and committed to their duties.
He said that the promotion should be an inspiration to the officers to perform better for the corps and the nation.
“You should note that your promotion comes with higher responsibilities and you should brace up for more challenging tasks ahead, considering the rising wave of insecurity in the country,” he said.
To those who failed the promotion examination, Gana noted that promotion of officers was not only based on success at the examination, but on other factors.
According to him, the factors include availability of vacancies and Federal Character principle.
On her part, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, urged the promoted officers not to relent in the discharge of their duties, but to see their upgrade as impetus to be more dedicated.
Edited by Abigael Joshua and Olisa Ifeajika
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