Abdullahi Gana, the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), revealed that the agency is currently planning to recruit about 3,500 personnel in 2017.
He made this known while representing the NSCDC’s 2017 budget of N61.4billion before the House of Representatives Committee on Interior in Abuja.
Mr. Gana who urged the committee to appropriate more funds to the agency noted that the new recruitment would cost N2billion.
The new intake is to enable the NSCDC meet up with demands from some MDA’s including the Ministries of Solid Minerals, Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources, Nigeria Railways Corporation.
He also noted that the corps was facing accommodation challenges.
“We have debts of only fuelling of operational vehicles of over N150 million; I have accumulated rents of over N400 million. I do not know where to get money to pay.
“You can see some state governors harassing our officers, I do not want to mention the states here, to the extent that they gave our staff one week to vacate.
“I have such cases in more than 25 states where we are living in rented apartments; our state commandants are living in rented apartments.’’