Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character, Senator Tijjani Kaura, has called on the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC), to focus on ensuring unity among Nigerians in the discharge of its constitutional duties.
Kaura disclosed this at the weekend in Abuja when the committee paid a visit to the headquarters of the NSCDC as part of its planned oversight function of some government agencies.
According to him, given Nigeria’s diversity as a heterogeneous society, it is imperative for NSCDC to ensure equal treatment of all Nigerians regardless of what region they come from.
The lawmaker urged NSCDC to always adhere to the federal character principle in recruitment exercises and deployment of personnel, stressing that the need for it should be done with due consideration and fairness.
Kaura said: “The unity of this country is paramount, the way this country was amalgamated, and the diversity in culture and population makes it imperative for all Nigerians to be united and treated equally.
“We decided to oversight the Commission to ensure that it lives with the federal character principle through equity and justice.
“This is not an organisation where national cake is distributed for eating, instead it is one where the national cake is baked by ensuring fairness and equality.
On the issue of deployment, Senator Kaura called on NSCDC to “ensure that each state is fairly given its responsibility and share in contributing towards the advancement of the nation.”He charged the Commandant-General to work assiduously towards making the NSCDC greater than it is presently.
Responding, the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, told members of the committee that sequel to his appointment, efforts had been made to balance the number of officers spread across the states of the federation.
Muhammadu said the move became imperative so as to ensure that the number of officers in the various states reflects and meets the requirement of the federal character principle as provided by the 1999 Constitution as amended.