Dr. Audi

…CG tasks CDOWA on organisational growth

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is set to establish a microfinance bank to promote staff welfare through financial empowerment and zero financial embarrassment.

The Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, hinted this while receiving the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mutual Trust MicroFinance Bank, Mr Josh Oyebisi, at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja, stating that the idea will help to engender optimal performance and increase staff productivity.

Audi maintained that staff welfare was a top priority for his administration and one way of pushing this further was through innovative programmes such as the microfinance scheme directly impacting the lives of personnel.

He reiterated that the Corps would leverage the relationship and experience of Mutual Trust as a foremost microfinance institution in the country to set up its own microfinance bank for the Corps.

He further said: “We have our operation license already but we are still making wide consultations to ensure that we get it right. The NSCDC microfinance bank is a novel idea, consciously developed to lighten the financial burdens of my personnel towards financial freedom.”

Responding, Oyebisi, explained that he was once a volunteer member of the Corps back then in Oyo State. He expressed joy and happiness that the Corps had metamorphosed into a foolproof paramilitary agency of government that was living up to its mandate and enjoying global recognition.

According to him,  based on the long-standing relationship between the bank and the Corps, the bank was ready and willing to offer efficient corporate banking services to the Corps, which will be beneficial to members.

He confirmed that the meeting with the CG came with an opportunity to finalise on necessary logistics and the take-off date which will be announced soonest.

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 was possible through unalloyed support, cooperation, prayers and a peaceful atmosphere at home which was highly necessary for their husbands’ optimal performance and mental health.

The CG emphasised that the condition in the home front determines the state of mind, outputs and performance of any worker and vice versa.

“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 succeed 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 required more support to leave lasting footprints through its school projects and the association’s proposed secretariat which requires funding and support from 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.

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