The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) said the deployment of high-tech security equipment by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) will strengthen security operations.
NYCN President Mr. Solomon Adodo said this when he led his team on a visit to NSCDC Commander General Dr Ahmed Audi in Abuja on Friday.
Adodo assured of the will of young people to engage in technology that would ensure the safety of lives and goods.
He said he was happy that since Audi took office, the deployment of NSCDC technology is already yielding positive results.
âFor a long time, the vandalism of oil pipelines and facilities, assets of power distribution companies and railway ties that were a daily occurrence is gradually becoming history,â he said.
The NYCN president said the introduction of the technology to the NSCDC has led to the training of thousands of young people to operate, maintain and interpret the data generated by the surveillance technology.
âThis is a great way to transfer technology and ensure that the operation and security of the data generated so far is exclusively in the hands of Nigerians and not expatriates, as is the case with most technological acquisitions.
“We will want to work with the NSCDC and other security agencies to create synergy to sensitize and train young Nigerians to get involved in the security of the country,” Adodo said.
He, however, chided anonymous organizations trying to tarnish the good image of the NSCDC under Audi leadership.
He stressed the need to train and mobilize youth in security watch, noting that if they were equipped, they would be involved in intelligence gathering which is critical in security operations.
âEffective intelligence will allow the agency to be proactive in addressing the current security challenges in the country. The council has an army of young people in the localities, the 36 states and the CTF, âhe said.
In its response, Audi reiterated its commitment to reorganize, reorganize, reorganize, restructure and rebuild the agency with a key priority on staff well-being, training and the deployment of advanced technologies to combat insecurity.
He revealed that there would be the introduction of a local youth information body in local communities for intelligence gathering in schools.
He noted that this would help intercept the invasion and kidnapping by bandits.