The FCT commands of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Police Force have renewed their commitments to collaborating effectively in reducing crimes and vandalism activities in the territory to the bearest minimum.
The partnership was strengthened during a courtesy visit by the NSCDC commandant in the FCT, Olusola Odumosu, to the commissioner of police (CP), Haruna Garba, at the FCT Police Command headquarters, Abuja.
Mr Odumosu said that cordial relationships among security agencies would promote national security and pave way for good interaction and credible intelligence sharing.
He further said that efforts toward combating crime and criminality in the FCT and its environ would yield more results if all hands were on deck to promote public safety, security of lives and protection of public infrastructure.
The commandant, who said that the visit was necessitated by the need to solidify existing relationship between the two agencies, called for more synergy, especially amongst the junior cadres of both organisations.
“My visit to your office is to create an opportunity for our officers to interact for better and well-coordinated interactions on the field.
“I want to appeal that we use our good offices to educate our officers and men on the need for this kind of synergy amongst them.
“The same way we enjoy cordial and harmonious relationship at our level, let us ensure that same exists at the lower level for ease of operation because they are constantly meeting on the field,” he said.
Responding, CP Garba, affirmed his unwavering commitment to promoting and sustaining a harmonious working relationship between both agencies.
He reiterated the need for inter-agency cooperation and condemned unhealthy rivalry.
According to the police commissioner, the era of one agency claiming dominance or superiority over another is over and should not be encouraged, especially in the face of the myriad of security challenges on ground.
“To tackle the security challenges of the nation, we have to cooperate, just like two hands washing each other for better cleaning of the hands.
“No institution or agency is superior to the other; we are one and the same and must work together to achieve the same goal,” he said.
Mr Garba appreciated the NSCDC commandant for the visit and assured him of synergy to secure the FCT and its environs.