NEDC distributes 460 bullet proof vests, helmets to protect Northeast farmers
By Tada JUTHA, Maiduguri
The Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali has distributed 460 bullet proof vests and helmets to Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) agro rangers and intelligence personnel.
According to him, the distributed gadgets are to protect the personnel while doing their jobs in Borno and Yobe states.
While presenting the protective gadgets to NSCDC Friday in Maiduguri, Alkali said: “We find it necessary to assist the Corps in any way the Commission can; so that they carry out the intelligence gathering and protection of farmers.”
He disclosed that 230 each of bullet proof vests were handed over for distribution to agro rangers and Corps’ intelligence gathering personnel.
Reiterating security in the Northeast, he said that the Commission’s work critically involves development and recovery livelihoods of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps and host communities.
Besides, he added that the NSCDC is one of the critical partners in the implementation of Commission’s projects and programmes
He assured that the corps will be more confident in protecting people’s lives and property.
“The engagement of the NSCDC personnel will be sustained in restoring peace in the region,” he said.
The Corps’ Assistant Commandant General, Andy Dateer said the bullet proof vests, and helmets will enhance personnel’s capacity to protect farmers.
“These protective gadgets will safeguard farmers and lands to ensure national food security,” he assured, noting that they will also boost the morale of personnel.
He therefore pledged that the NSCDC will reciprocate the gesture of protecting people’s lives and property.