“Nigeria Orders NSDC to Safeguard National Power Infrastructure Amid Rising Vandalism Concerns”

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In a decisive move, the federal government has directed the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to take over the protection of transmission lines and towers nationwide. This directive came from Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunjo-Ojo, during the passing-out parade of the second batch of NSCDC mining marshals in Abuja.

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Tunjo-Ojo expressed grave concern over the frequent vandalism of critical power infrastructure, labeling it as economic sabotage. “It is unacceptable for a country to spend billions on power infrastructure only for it to be vandalized,” he said, emphasizing the urgency of the situation.

He announced plans to collaborate with the Minister of Power to address the high rate of vandalism and sabotage affecting transmission lines and generation points. “It is your job to ensure that no critical government asset is destroyed. The NSCDC is up to the task, and we are ready to support you,” Tunjo-Ojo stated.

The minister highlighted the necessity of safeguarding the power sector, describing it as vital for national development. He urged the NSCDC to protect distribution lines, generation points, and other critical infrastructure. “It’s not reasonable for a country like Nigeria to invest heavily in power infrastructure only for it to be vandalized. The power sector is crucial for growth, and the NSCDC must play its part,” he added.

Tunjo-Ojo also mentioned a strategic approach to sectorize responsibilities to ensure the effective protection of various sectors.

In related news, the minister assured Nigerians that the government is committed to winning the battle against illegal mining. He noted improvements in revenue from the solid mineral sector and security around mining sites, although he acknowledged the need for more trained personnel to protect all critical assets.

Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, represented by Permanent Secretary Dr. Mary Ogbe, corroborated these improvements, citing the positive impact of the NSCDC Mining Marshals. Alake warned illegal miners to formalize their operations or face legal consequences due to the environmental damage caused by their activities.

NSCDC Commandant General, Dr. Ahmed Audi, highlighted the security challenges posed by illegal miners, bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists. He emphasized the potential of Nigeria’s mineral resources to boost the economy if properly managed and protected. Audi called for robust policy guidelines and legislation to regulate and criminalize illegal mining, encouraging genuine investment in the sector.

Addressing the new mining marshals, Audi expressed confidence in their training and urged them to maintain professionalism, integrity, and patriotism in their duties. He reminded them to avoid rivalry with other security agencies and work collaboratively for the nation’s progress.

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