Staff welfare upgrade vital for improved security – FG

Oluwanifemi Ojo
Oluwanifemi Ojo
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola

The Federal Government has identified Investment, improved staff welfare, and incentives as key factors contributing to improved performance, especially in the security sector.

According to The Punch, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, highlighted this during the inauguration ceremony of the renovated parade ground, staff quarters, and office complex for retired civil defence officers in Abuja.

In his words, “It is worthy to note that welfare packages and incentives have a way of impacting positively on the performance of staff. I would therefore have no doubt in my mind that the newly constructed staff quarters will go a long way in addressing the staff housing needs and further motivate them for better performance. It is not new to say that investment and staff welfare are stimulants for improved performance.”

Representing Aregbesola at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore, emphasized that the reconstructed parade ground would play a vital role in enhancing the training and productivity of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps. This, in turn, would enable the Corps to effectively address the growing security challenges faced by the nation.

Belgore further explained that the remodelled parade ground would significantly contribute to the training, manpower development, and overall preparedness required to confront the increasingly complex, sophisticated, and multifaceted security threats in Nigeria. The aim is to ensure a safe and secure environment for the country.

He also said, “I will also enjoin that the CG makes these facilities available for training needs for sister and other security agencies that may require that. Let me also urge the Corps to ensure effective and judicious use of the facility to serve the purpose it is intended.”

“These noble projects demonstrate the government’s commitment and promise to continue to encourage the Corps with logistics and materials support to attain a great standard in the country’s security architecture.

“I, therefore, appeal to the staff of the Corps to continue to build the profile of the Corps and to continue to work towards safeguarding all Nigerian citizens and making the country a better and safer place to live in,” he added.

The Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, noted during the welcome address that part of what the Corps do in terms of training is regimentation.

“We combine regimentation training with capacity building training but regimentation training where we have physical training is what actually instils discipline into the personnel. So, we needed to work on the parade ground to give the Corps a benefitting standard that will be equal to what happens worldwide.

“The staff quarters are in line with our staff welfare programme aimed at ensuring the provision of shelter towards addressing the housing needs of our personnel and further boosting the performance of the personnel in order to enhance productivity and better performance,” he stated.

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