The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command, emphasized the importance of operators of critical infrastructure following the models of developed nations. They proposed investing 1-2% of their profit margins as counterpart funding for protecting critical national assets and infrastructure in Nigeria.

This call was made during a one-day stakeholders summit organized by the NSCDC, Osun State Command, aimed at engaging stakeholders of critical infrastructure in the state.

During the summit, the Zonal Commander for Zone J, Assistant Commandant General Engr Quadri Saladin, represented by Commandant Ajibola Liadi, stressed the timeliness of the event. He highlighted the massive investments by governments and private sectors across the country in infrastructure development and construction, emphasizing the need for stakeholders to collaborate with NSCDC for the sustainability of these assets.

Commandant Michael Adaralewa Ph.D., of the NSCDC, Osun State Command, noted that the summit came at a crucial time due to the threats to national assets and infrastructure by economic saboteurs. He reiterated the commitment of the NSCDC Commandant General, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi mni, OFR, to safeguarding the country’s corporate existence.

Adaralewa emphasized the importance of building capacity for the sustainability of critical infrastructure through genuine partnerships between NSCDC and stakeholders. He called for robust collaboration to apprehend economic saboteurs.

Deputy Commandant of Corps Vincent Linus, Head of Department, Critical National Assets and Infrastructure (CNAI) in Osun State Command, highlighted factors hindering the proper implementation of critical infrastructure protection in Nigeria. These include lack of collaboration, awareness among stakeholders, inadequate intelligence sharing, ignorance, and poverty.

Prof. Olayinka Ramota Karim, Vice Chancellor of Fountain University, represented by Prof. Goke Lalude, stressed the importance of everyone’s role in securing critical national assets. She urged collective efforts in protecting both public and private infrastructure, as it would significantly impact the political, economic, and social life of the nation.

Professor Joseph Bamidele Oyedele of the Estate Management Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, highlighted the role of NSCDC in protecting critical infrastructure, as supported by the NSCDC Act 2003 as amended in 2007. He emphasized that any disruption to these assets could have serious consequences for citizens, leading to substantial financial losses and interference with supply chains and business operations.

Keynote speeches were also delivered by Prof. Solomon Ajayi Adebola, Vice Chancellor of Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, represented by Assistant Commandant General (rtd) Kingsley Oguntuase, and Engr Adesina, General Manager of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Osogbo, Osun State.

The summit was well attended by critical stakeholders, including security agencies, senior government officials, business executives, infrastructure owners, and managers. It underscored the government’s commitment to ensuring all Nigerians are properly educated about security issues to play their individual roles in protecting critical national assets and infrastructure.

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