As part of efforts at garnering more collaboration in achieving the mandate of the Nigerian Army in securing and protecting lives of citizens, the Commanding Officer, 14 Field Engineer Regiment, Nigerian Army Engineers Onitsha, Lieutenant Colonel Aondoaseel Adeke has commenced familiarization visits to sister agencies in Anambra State.
Lt Col Adeke who was recently posted to the state, today visited the Heads of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
In his remarks during the visits, the Army Commander explained that the purpose of the visit was to familiarize with heads of the security agencies in the state and to seek areas of mutual interest where both agencies could collaborate especially in sharing of security information.
According to him, only a seamless and cordial working relationship among the agencies will guarantee adequate security of lives and property in the start.
In his words; “When criminals come, they do not segregate among the security men. They attack any of us. That is the reason why we must collaborate to fight our common enemy. It is also critical for our survival that we all watch each other’s back especially in this era of security challenges. Where the Nigerian Army may not reach, the Police, the NSCDC or the FRSC may get there. This will also reduce the cost for us.”
He harped on the need for the security men to see themselves as partners in progress and not co-competitors, assuring that the Field Engineering Regiment will not hesitate to provide support to any of the agencies where necessary.
Receiving the Army Commander in his office in Awka, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Commandant David Bille expressed his appreciation for the visit and assured the visitor of Command’s readiness to work with the Nigerian Army.
He also thanked the Nigerian Army for the assistance it has always rendered to the Corps and solicited for more collaboration especially in the area of capacity training of personnel and protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure.
“In Anambra, there is what we call, the Joint Security Council, headed by the Commissioner of Police. This has ensured that Security operatives in the state work in synergy. I believe this is why Anambra is one of the safest states of the Federation and as Heads, we must continue to collaborate to sustain this working initiative. As an agency, we will support the Nigerian Army and other sister agencies in whatever way we can,” Bille promised.
For his part, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Andrew Kumapayi promised the Command’s commitment to the continual improvement of the healthy and cordial working relationship the Nigerian Army and the Federal Road Safety Corps has been enjoying in the State.