By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Nigerian Civil Defence Academy Pandogari (Establishment) Bill, 2020 passed Second Reading on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.
Lawmaker representing Niger East in the Senate, Senator Musa Mohammed Sani said he proposed the bill to establish a training academy for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as a way of permanently tackling the increasing insecurity in the some parts of Nigeria.
The bill is titled: “Nigerian Civil Defence Academy Pandogari (Establishment) Bill, 2020,(SB.242) scaled Second Reading on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.
In his lead debate on the bill, Sani said that the establishment of the academy had become “very desirable and a positive necessity to meet the security problems” of Nigeria.
In his words: “Mr. President, it should be emphasized that the proposal for the establishment of the Nigerian Civil Defence Academy is a fallout of several internal security challenges we face as a nation which is clearly becoming overwhelming to our security agencies.
“it has become apparent that efforts have to be made to develop the capacities of supportive security organs such as the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, who are expected to in conjunction with the Nigerian police provide internal security, and to attain the highest standards of professionalism. This is with a view to address other issues such as human rights abuses, abuse and misuse of power, unprofessional conducts and other related matters.
“This academy will provide strategic leadership training to the Civil Defence Corps which is most desirable in our national security matters and will also act as a think tank on domestic security frameworks and it will be an important platform in shaping up the community policing system, Senator Sani said.
Making further clarifications on the desirability of the bill, Sani said that the bill when passed and eventually signed into law will “provide joint training and instruction to both junior and senior service and civil officers and will be under the administrative control of the Ministry of Interior.”
Several lawmakers in their contribution supported the bill saying that its passage and the subsequent establishment of the academy will further enhance the strategies of solving Nigeria’s current and future internal security challenges.
The president of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan while making his remarks on the bill stated that the academy when established will enhance the capacity of security agencies is Nigeria.
“This is one piece of legislation that will support our efforts in enhancing the capacity of security agencies. What we are doing is to ensure the commitment of National Assembly and the Senate to ensure we enhance the capacity of the security agencies to perform optimally,” Lawan said.
The senate unanimously passed the bill for second reading and it was later referred to the Committee on Interior for further legislative action. The Committee was given four weeks to report back to the Senate.