The Bauchi State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the weekend graduated 35 Special Female Squad trained to help in tackling frequent attacks and kidnapping of students, rape, human trafficking and other crimes.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the State Commandant of the Corps, Nurudeen Abdullahi, said the NSCDC Commandant General came up with the idea of the Special Female Squad to intervene in some security challenges facing the country.
He informed that the Corps in the state initially faced the challenge of assembling female officers for the training, adding that only eight officers started the training before the number later increased to 35.
“The Commandant General in his wisdom in tackling kidnapping of students in some part of the country, abduction of women and children, rape and human trafficking, which have become rampant in our societies, brought up the idea of training our female personnel to intervene in some of these issues.
“In our efforts to form the Squad, we had a big challenge because the female officers hid and we had to start with only eight officers. Later, they began to join and today, we are passing out 35 female officers.
“I commend the initiative of the instructors who made the training very interesting which motivated other female officers to join the squad,” the state commandant said.
While congratulating the graduands, Abdullahi charged them to be prepared for the task of securing the state, adding that they would be deployed in strategic areas of concern, including the office of the state governor’s wife.
According to the commandant, “you have been chosen and trained for a special task to ensure we have a crime-free state.
He then commended the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for his support to security agencies in the state and for creating the atmosphere in which security heads bring out their talents and experiences in tackling security challenges in the state.
The commandant also appreciated other security agencies for the synergy in tackling crime in the state, particularly the 33 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Bauchi for allowing the use of its range for the training.
In her speech on the occasion, the wife of the state governor, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, who was the special guest of honour, commended the NSCDC for the initiative, which she said had given women an opportunity to contribute to national security.
Represented by the Chairperson, Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency, Dr Yelwa Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the governor’s wife submitted that the idea showed that the Corps was gender-sensitive and the 30% affirmative derivational principle of the women was accomplished.
“The idea of training the Special Female Squad was mounted out of security challenges facing the country, most especially the kidnap of Chibok, Dapchi schoolgirls, and a host of others, whose memories remain fresh in our minds.
“Therefore, the Special Female Squad personnel were trained to be deployed in various schools in Bauchi State and other strategic places as being enjoyed in FCT, Adamawa, Plateau, among other states, in order to curtail the excesses of the ugly situation.
“The effort of the state Commandant in implementing the good initiative of the Commandant General by training these elegant, charming, agile and good looking young ladies for this onerous task and the desire of the Corps in putting an end to the incessant kidnapping of school students needs to be commended,” Hajiya Mohammed said.
She, however, charged the graduands to prove their mantle that they can truly do better in carrying out their assignment without compromise.
She then advised them that despite their training, they must be submissive to their husbands as wise and good wives, in accordance with the teaching of the holy books.
“As you will be deployed to your various beats, be loyal, honest, trustworthy and dedicated to your job, noting that the money, time and energy expended on you during the training must not be in vain. You must be proud ambassadors of your families, the Corps, the state and nation at large,” she admonished them.
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