By Rita Iliya
Paiko (Niger) – The National Orientation Agency (NOA), says it has trained 1,000 personnel of War Against Indiscipline (WAI) Brigade to assist other security agencies in civil intelligence gathering at the grassroots against terrorism.
Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General of the agency, disclosed this on Thursday, during the closing ceremony of the 2nd Annual National WAI Brigade and Camping Exercise Retreat at the NYSC Orientation Campaign in Paiko, Niger.
He said that such information would help win the war against terrorism and other crimes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants from 29 states across the country attended the retreat with the theme “Expanding the Frontiers of the War Against Indiscipline, Brigade for National Rebirth”..
NAN recalls that WAI was established by President Muhammadu Buhari in 1984 and repositioned in 2016 to enhance civil intelligence gathering towards an orderly and secure society, in line with the change mantra of the present administration.
Abari explained that the training programme was designed to prepare the Brigade nationwide to fit into the efforts of the government at all levels in finding lasting solutions to the challenges facing the country.
He identified challenges such as insurgency, kidnapping, farmers/herdsmen clashes as well as agitation for secession.
Abari, who was represented by Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu, the agency’s Coordinator in Niger, urged participants to remain disciplined and impact positively on their communities to enhance national development and peace.
He commended the zeal and patriotism exhibited by the trainees and enjoined them to encourage communities to work towards building peace, orderliness and keep Nigeria together as one.
The director-general commended the military and para-military services that participated in the training for their belief in togetherness and assured them the agency would continue to support the Brigade for effective performance.
In his remarks, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger said that the state government would continue to provide support to ensure that Nigerians imbibed discipline.
Bello, who was represented by Mr Sunday Kolo, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, described discipline as a tool for development, adding that a society without discipline would never develop.
Similarly, the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Gabriel Abayomi, said that the Nigeria Army would collaborate with WAI in order to win the war against terrorism.
Represented by Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Director, Defence Information, Abayomi attributed the successes recorded in the North-East, South-South, North-West and South-West to credible information from people and organisations.
“We need information and today, this training is the basis for improvement, professionalism and mastery.
“It has become a necessity that we collaborate with WAI to give us relevant information, especially at this challenging time in the history of this country,” he said. (NAN)