The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), will be recruiting 3,500 officers n 2107, said its Commander General Abdullahi Gana on Wednesday while presenting NSCDC’s 2017 budget of N61.4 billion before the House of Representatives Committee on Interior in Abuja.
The recruitment becomes necessary following demands from ministries, departments, and agencies among which are the Ministries of Solid Minerals, Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources, Nigeria Railways Corporation and the protection of lives and property in the Northeast region.
Gana said the recruitment would cost N2 billion and urged the committee to appropriate more fund to the organisation.
He said the corps was facing operational as well as accommodation challenges which requires urgent attention.
“We have debts of only fuelling of operational vehicles of over N150 million; I have accumulated rents of over N400 million. I do not know where to get money to pay.
He also mentioned that some governors harass the officers to the extent that they gave our staff one week to vacate.
“I have such cases in more than 25 states where our state commandants are living in rented apartments.’’
The commander general, however, commended some states government that have been very supportive of the agency’s effort of securing lives and property across the country.