The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has said that there is a need for continuous interagency collaboration and the pooling of resources and expertise to effectively tackle the insecurity bedevilling the country.
A statement by CSC Babawale Afolabi, National Public Relations Officer at the NSCDC national headquarters in Abuja said Dr Audi made the declaration during the seminar organised by the corps in collaboration with the Nigerian House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). The seminar was aimed at promoting synergy among security agencies across selected states including Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River.
According to the statement, the NSCDC Commandant General emphasised the ever-evolving nature of security challenges, stating that no single agency can combat the complexities alone.
“The security challenges of our contemporary time are hydra-headed, demanding that we come together and pool resources and expertise to fight our common enemy. This seminar is a strategic step towards seamless collaboration among security stakeholders in Nigeria,” he said.
The representative of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Nigeria, Ms Marija Peran, in an address delivered by the Deputy Country Representative, Mr Lukas Laible, commended the dedication of security agency heads from various states.
She expressed gratitude for the continuous collaboration with NSCDC, acknowledging Audi’s leadership and commitment to the partnership.
“Understanding each other is the most important thing if we want to work together effectively. All of you here are sitting in the same boat—a boat to make this nation a safe state. With deepened interagency collaboration, this tremendous and life-saving duty will be possible even better,” she said.
According to the statement, the seminar, an extension of previous sessions held in different geopolitical zones, serves as a platform to foster understanding and collaboration among heads of security agencies.
Marija Peran underscored the importance of interagency cooperation in light of Nigeria’s multifaceted security challenges, ranging from terrorism to gang-related violence and conflicts between herders and farmers.
The event features discussions on conflict analysis, professionalism, ethical standards, conflict resolution, management, and transformation, emphasising the role of human rights in security duties.