5 February 2021 By Nkiru Njemanze
The Acting Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Hilary Kelechi Madu has directed all Zonal Commanders and State Commandants to ensure optimal enforcement and general compliance to Covid 19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in their various commands.
In a statement signed by the the public relations Officer, DCC, Sola Odumosu says Madu emphasized that strict adherence to the executive order by the Corps is predicated on the need to preserve the sanctity of life of Nigerians in different parts of the country.
The statement notes that as a major stakeholder in the provision of security and safety, as well as the preservation of health and wellbeing of Nigerians, all hands must be on deck to support the good intention of Government in the face of the rising numbers of Covid 19 cases in Nigeria.
It charges each State Command to internalize the directive by ensuring absolute compliance of all personnel to the covid 19 protocols in their respective States and Zones to keep safe at the frontline while enforcing the guidelines for preventing the spread and containment of the Covid19 virus.
The statement further directs the stepping up of enlightenment campaign to encourage non-adherents to the covid 19 guidelines to take responsibility in ensuring that they stay safe with their loved ones.
It Reiterates that the second wave of the pandemic must not be treated with kid gloves but with all sense of responsibility and seriousness, as it has proven to be more deadly and fast becoming widespread due to the indifferent attitude of our people to the scourge.
It therefore directs the composition of a five man monitoring and enforcement team comprising of some carefully selected officers and men to identify key focal areas such as markets, schools, motor parks, churches and mosques, recreation centers Warning that any officer caught extorting money from the public will face summary dismissal as this assignment is not a means to line their pockets with proceeds of corrupt practices.
The statement says that the enforcement teams are to ensure that no person shall be allowed within the premises of all identified focal areas except such person complies with all laid down protocols such as wearing of face masks, washing of hands and temperature check not above 38 degrees Celsius.
“I enjoin all personnel to put on the toga of civility which the corps is noted for, whilst our watchword “humility and integrity in service delivery” should guide you never to go out of order, rather, be disciplined and professional in your approach, do not molest anyone while discharging your duty and respect their fundamental human rights” Madu said.
The statement praises the ceaseless effort of all officers and men of the Corps across the country, especially those in the frontline of covid 19 duty and encouraged them to continue to give maximum cooperation to their State Government while at the same time synergizing with other stakeholders for better performance.