With a view to ensuring optimal performance and increased staff productivity, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has disclosed that plans are at an advanced stage for the establishment of a micro finance bank.
A Statement by the Director, Public Relations at the National Headquarters of the Corps in Abuja, Olusola Odumosu, revealed that the initiative among others aims to promote staff welfare through financial empowerment and zero financial embarrassment.
The Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, OFR, gave the hint while receiving the MD/CEO of Mutual Trust Micro Finance Bank in his Abuja Office.
Dr Audi maintained that staff welfare is top priority for his administration and one way of pushing this further is through innovative programs such as the micro finance scheme which has direct positive impact on the lives of his personnel.
He reiterated that the Corps will leverage on the relationship and experience of Mutual Trust as a foremost micro finance institution in the country to set up its own micro finance bank for the Corps.
He affirmed that, the Corps have obtained the required license to begin operations and efforts are in top gear with the NSCDC Cooperative society to commence.
“We have our operation license already but we are still making wide consultations to ensure that we get it right.
“The NSCDC micro finance bank is a novel idea, consciously developed to lighten the financial burdens of my personnel towards financial freedom”, CG said.
Responding, the MD/CEO, Mutual Trust Micro Finance Bank, Mr Josh Oyebisi, who once was a volunteer member of the Corps back then in Oyo State, expressed delight that the Corps has metamorphosised into a foolproof paramilitary agency of government that is living up to its mandate and enjoying global recognition.
He assured that based on the long standing relationship between the bank and the Corps, they are ready and willing to offer efficient corporate banking services to the Corps to the benefit of all personnel.
In a related development, the CG charged members of the Civil Defence Officers Wives Association (CDOWA) to assist in the growth and development of the Corps.
He said this is possible through unalloyed support, cooperation, prayers and peaceful atmosphere at home which is highly necessary for their husband’s optimal performance and mental health.
“A lot of responsibilities have been placed on the shoulders of your husbands in a bid to secure the nation, we need your maximum cooperation and support to perform satisfactorily and suceed in our given assignments”, CG said.
The CDOWA President, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar Audi, on behalf of the association, thanked the Commandant General for his motivations and encouragement.
She stated that the association requires more support to leave lasting footprints through its School Projects and the Association’s proposed Secretariat which requires funding and support of the entire Corps.
She promised that CDOWA will continue to support their husbands by striving to ensure peaceful coexistence at home and in the nation as they understand the roles their husbands play in nation building.