Defence & Security

NSCDC releases over N200m to families of 60 fallen heroes

By Paul Michael, Abuja

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has paid over N200m to the next of kin of 60 personnel who died during active service.

The cash, which is a backlog of NSCDC group life insurance benefits, is said to be part of the fulfilment of the Commandant General’s promise to prioritize the welfare of the personnel of the Service.

Director of Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, in a statement obtained by The Trumpet on Friday, said the NSCDC CG, Dr Abubakar Audi, handed the cash to the respective beneficiaries in a brief ceremony held at the Corps National Headquarters in Abuja.

While presenting the cash, the NSCDC Boss said research has shown that in order to achieve results on set goals, the workforce must be cared for adequately, adding that this will enable them to put in their best in achieving set goals.

According to the CG, the operatives recognized were just a few amongst the backlogs recorded by the Corps.

Dr Audi said, “Chief among the priorities of my administration is to improve the welfare of personnel and one of such efforts is geared towards remembering our colleagues who served meritoriously and paid the supreme sacrifice in the process, leaving their families behind.

“We will continue to make serious efforts to encourage staff to put in their best while still in active service, we will work alongside the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to ensure the payment of others on the waiting list.

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“If you didn’t hear the names of your persons, don’t feel left out because we have a huge backlog and we are trying to see how it could be sorted out in due time.”

The CG thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Head of Service for attending to the needs of the Corps by ensuring that the pain and suffering of dependents left behind by deceased personnel are alleviated.

He congratulated the beneficiaries and charged them as next of kin to make judicious use of the money received to better the lives of the immediate families of the deceased so that the death of their loved ones would not be in vain.

Speaking on behalf of the recipients Okeji Olusegun Ojo, thanked the Commandant General and his management team for recognizing their sufferings since the demise of their loved ones and ensuring they get their benefits after a long time.

He said it is a laudable achievement and would remain fresh and indelible in their memories for a long time.

Meanwhile, the representative of the Head of Service, Abubakar Mai jam’ah, assured the Corps of their continuous support and partnership, stating that all outstanding allowances would be paid as soon as funds are made available by the Ministry of Finance.

On the remaining backlog, he charged the Head of the Insurance Unit of the Corps to rise to the challenge of pushing for insurance for dead officers as and when due, to avoid delay.

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