From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
Towards ensuring efficiency and productivity, the Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has promoted over 700 of its officers and men in its inaugural general promotion and decoration exercise.
The corps, which started in 1967 as a volunteer corps to assist in the security of lives and property, particularly during the civil war, was backed by a Act establishing it in 2003 while the Act was amended in 2007.
Speaking at the commissioning and rank decoration event in Ilorin on Wednesday, the state commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Augustine Obiekwe, advised those awaiting their promotion not to lose hope, saying it they exercise will be held annually.
The Civil Defence chief, who described the story of promotion exercise in the corps as “long and tortuous,” said some officers had spent between seven and eight years awaiting their promotion.
He therefore charged the newly promoted officers that a lot would be expected of them in upholding the corps’ mandates and towards realisation of the dreams of the corps’ Commandant General.
The event also saw the commissioning of the first permanent building of the state command of the NSCDC on the land provided by the state government in Ilorin, the state capital.
The commandant of the civil defence corps, who commended Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for granting the request for the land, advised those individuals and groups who had showed interest in the land for personal acquisition to shift such interest somewhere else.