By Sunny A. Ijomah
The Anambra State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Anambra State Command, Mr. Isidore Chikere, has described the media as a crucial partner in preventing crimes and criminality in Nigeria.
The Anambra NSCDC Boss stated this on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, when he met with the Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, Sir Chido Obidiegwu in Awka Anambra state as part of his familiarization tour to relevant stakeholders in the State.
According to him, the NSCDC depends greatly on the media to achieve success in the Corps fight against destruction of Government Critical National Assets and Infrastructures, stoppage of adulterated petroleum products and illegal bunkering, and in eradication of quacks within the private security industry.
“In line with the Act establishing Civil Defence Corps, we are charged with the protection of all Critical National Assets and Infrastructures of the government, licencing, supervision, monitoring and training of Private Guards Companies, in addition to eliminating the rate of illegal bunkering and dealings on petroleum products.
“Since my arrival to the State, the Command has recorded tremendous success but the way the public will determine how successful we are at what we do, depends largely on the media to showcase our success stories to them.
“That is why I have thought it wise to come visit you to seek for areas we can strengthen our collaboration especially in the reportage of command’s activities to members of the public”, he said.
Commandant Chikere who acknowledged the role of Anambra Broadcasting Service in driving awareness and sensitization through programmes educating Nigerians not to aid and abet crime thanked the ABS management for airing some of the Command’s breakthroughs at no cost.
He further urged the media to be credible watchdogs and assist the NSCDC and other security agencies with credible intelligence to nip crime in the bud.
Responding, the MD ABS, Sir. Chido Obidiegwu, while welcoming the State Commandant and his team thanked him for the visit saying frequent interface between the NSCDC and the media, especially ABS, would engender a better relationship among the two organisations, and the broader Nigerian society.
Sir. Obidiegwu assured NSCDC of massive support and collaboration of the establishment to work with the Corps in its relentless effort at providing adequate security of lives and properties as well as secure environment for business and commercial activities to thrive in the State.