Reps consider bill seeking scrapping of NSCDC

The house of representatives is considering a bill seeking to scrap the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.

The bill which seeks to repeal the NSCDC (amendment) Act 2007, was sponsored by Shina Peller, a lawmaker from Oyo state.

The bill seeks to establish a transition management committee to superintend over the agency, develop regulations and implement procedures for the transfer of assets and personnel of the corps to the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.

Mr Peller said the “fragmentation of security resources across multiple competing agencies is counterproductive”.

He said the mandate of the NSCDC has “expanded that it has now become a duplication of the police and has led to avoidable conflicts”.

The lawmaker said the duties of the NSCDC are being performed by the police, adding that retaining the former is a “waste of scarce resources”.

The bill has since passed the first reading.

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