The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been named “Government Agency of the Year” for its stand out contribution to national security.
The award was conferred on the agency alongside some distinguished Nigerians and private organizations by Leadership newspaper to mark its 10th years anniversary and annual conference in Abuja.
Organisers said NSCDC clinched the award for its year-long protection of the nation’s oil and power facilities, election monitoring as well as meeting its general statutory mandates.
Reacting, NSCDC Commandant General, Dr. Ade Abolurin who spoke through the Spokesperson, Mr Emmanuel Okeh said, the award was a bolster to the vision and mission of the Corps to see a secured Nigeria that other nations can emulate.
Meanwhile, the Guest Speaker and Presenter of the conference paper Babatunde Fashola (SAN), speaking on the topic “Rebuilding the Nation, Lessons from other Lands” identified the need for values and moral rebirth by the leaders and citizens.
He noted that the project of achieving the ideal Nigeria shall come to celebration only if spiritual and moral reconstruction of Nigerians occur and the leaders resolve to be civil servants rather than personal servants as the case is today.
“We must renew our own values by choosing morality and high values system. We must find our solution within us; that change must come through democratic process’’
Fashola argued while insisting that the Government’s “transformation agenda” does not have the same meaning with the word “transformation”.
To Fashola, poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment still pervade the nation’s atmosphere partly because of inconsistency in national annual budgets and fiscal actions, which he described as ‘article of faith’.
He advised Nigerians to “make the changes our country require by electing citizens with unquestionable personalities as we steer the ship of our Nationhood towards 2015 general election.”