The Plateau State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has called on members of the public to be vigilant and to maintain peaceful coexistence as Christian world over celebrates the New Year in the state.
Besides, the corps reiterated the position of its Commandant General, Alhaji Abdullahi Gana Muammadu on the need to rededicate ourselves to peaceful coexistence as there is no other viable alternative.
This was contained is a statement issue in Jos by the Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mr. Solomon Olasupo (JP) to congratulate the residents on the Christmas and new year celebrations.
Olasupo who says, Plateau is a home of hospitality that attracts tourists always said residents should be vigilant so that those with sinister motive will not infiltrate the peace loving people
The commandant disclosed that the corps in the state had deployed no fewer than 3500 personnel including her regular and volunteers across the state to ensure hitch-free celebrations.
According to him, some hoodlums who may want to seize the opportunity of the joyous mood at various public places such as parks, zoos, recreation centres and other crowd generating points are being monitored while residents should also compliment such efforts
He said his men will not only work with other security agencies in the state but will also partner with traditional rulers, institutions, communities and the youths in the quest to enjoy the present peaceful situation on the plateau.
The NSCDC boss said the Commandant General of the corps is dedicated to attainment of sustainable and durable peace on the plateau due to its unique geographical position that makes it attractive not only to tourists but both local and foreign investors.
“No doubt, there is no alternative to peace”. The only alternative is also peace which we must pursue with vigour.
“Civil Defence personnel have been instructed to work with people in their communities to ward off people with bad motives. This can only be done effectively with conscious population and that’s why people must be vigilant
“Our offices are open 24 hours and reports can be made at any time. Such reports of suspicious movements can also be made to any of the personnel even outside the office as such will be communicated for necessary action without delay” for the fact that Plateau State NSCDC’s quick response are on ground for 24 hours to dance to the tone of any emergency report of any kind.
Olasupo who noted the pressure on insurgency elements in the northeast has been forcing them to relocate said it will be better for such people to have a change of mind and become responsible citizens as Plateau state can never be a safe haven for such elements.
While congratulating the people of the state for successful merry Christmas celebrations, he also wishes the residents a prosperous and safe new year.