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NSCDC trains personnel in local language proficiency

The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has commenced a language proficiency training for officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to enhance their skills and mastery of the three major indigenous Nigerian languages as a panacea to breaking communication barriers during operations, Intelligence gathering and information sharing.

Declaring the program open in Abuja, the Commandant General, NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, described the training as germane to the corporate existence of the Corps as a grassroot security outfit saddled with the responsibilities of protecting lives and securing critical national asset and infrastructure.

He said that access to timely information and credible Intelligence gathering which drives most successful security operations requires proper indigenization and integration of officers and men of the Corps in various communities where they find themselves or are deployed for any national assignment.

Dr Audi maintained that his administration was committed to training and retraining of personnel to enhance professionalism of the service for effective service delivery.

In a remark, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr Ado Yahuza said that the Nigerian Indigenous Language programme was aimed to address the alarming rate at which Nigerian languages are losing relevance in the scheme of things and the threat of its extinction.

Mr Ado Yahuza added that the language in the Barracks program was an invaluable tool for effective intelligence and information gathering by officers and men of the military and para- military agencies.

He noted that agency will engage officers and men of the Corps in about 6 states and about 13 centers spread across the country.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shuaibu; editing by Adeniyi Bakare