Even with the current challenge faced by Nigerians without shelters across the country, 13 state commands of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC have moved out of rented apartments into their newly-built office complexes.
Several Nigerians have pleaded to the federal government to come to their aid and provide affordable shelters for them and their families.
As it stands, several landlords across the country have inflated their house rents, not to mention the recent compulsory six per cent Value Added Tax, VAT, instituted by the federal government through the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.
This development thus culminates the challenges faced by several individuals across the country seeking shelters, especially those in Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp.
However, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu disclosed in an interview in Abuja that, on his assumption of office in 2015, many of the state commands who were using rented apartments had issues with the children of the landlords who wanted to alter the tenancy agreements.
Consequently, he said the NSCDC had to source for funding to build office complexes in states like Edo, Delta, Ogun, Ekiti, Ebonyi and Anambra. Others are Gombe, Sokoto, Niger, Ondo, Kebbi, Osun and Yobe.
He said; “On assumption of office, many of our commands were operating from rented apartments. This had its implications. We couldn’t redesign the buildings to look like security structures and the premises also had limited spaces. Then, we had issues with some children of the landlords who wanted to alter the tenancy agreements we had with their fathers.
“So, we had no choice than to cry to the federal government for budgetary provision for the building of our own permanent structures. Since that 2015 till now, we have built about 13 new state commands while at the headquarters in Sauka here, we have built more classrooms for the NSCDC Academy, completed the medical centre and erect new office structures”.
Gana thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his interest in the activities of the NSCDC, pledging the loyalty and commitment of his personnel to the Commander in Chief.