No fewer than 700 officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abia command, on Monday commenced a two-day forensic, psychological and behavioural test to ascertain their mental disposition on the job.
Speaking at the official commencement of the test in Umuahia, the state Commandant of the corps, Mr Nnamdi Nwannukwu, described the exercise as “a lofty initiative” of the Commandant-General of the corps, Abdullahi Mohammed, designed to profile the entire personnel of the organisation nationwide.
Nwannukwu said, “The profiling will help to ascertain the operatives’ emotional status, mental health, behavioural tendencies and competences needed for their overall professional conduct, efficiency and productivity.”
He said that the profiling would be a periodic exercise to ascertain the operatives’ psychological disposition “to bear arms” and being able to discharge sensitive and critical tasks.
He said that the profiling would also be used to create a database for the operatives, necessary for effective deployment of personnel, depending on their behavioural status and competences.
He said that because of the importance attached to the test, the commandant-general of the corps directed that it would henceforth become a prerequisite for recruitment into the organisation.
Nwannukwu said that the profiling was part of the recommendations of a committee set up by the commandant-general in the wake of the April 8 accidental discharge by an operative which led to the death of his colleague and a civilian at the Lagos Deep Shore.
He advised the participants to take the test seriously in order to ensure the full realisation of the objectives of the commandant-general.
A resource person, Mr Philemon Apefan, said that the exercise became imperative following the ugly cases of accidental discharge in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Zamfara and Yobe, involving the corps personnel.
Apefan said that the findings would help the corps to counsel and deploy operstives to where their potentials would be optimally utilised.
A participant and spokesman of the Abia command, Mr Egwu Ndukwe, expressed the hope that the exercise would help to check the cases of accidental discharge among some personnel of the corps.
Ndukwe cited the April 21 incident in Gombe, where 10 members of a Boys’ Brigade on an Easter procession were reportedly killed by an operative of the corps, leaving many others injured.
(Edited by Sam Oditah)