In fulfillment of the charge given to them after the train- the – trainer capacity building programme at the NSCDC National Headquarters Abuja, Anambra State Command Female Squad has organized a training workshop for the entire squad with the theme, “Strategies For Sustainable Safe School in Nigeria ”.
The workshop is aimed also to further reposition the Special Female Squad of the Command for better performance,
At the event held at the State ’s headquarters, Awka, the State Commandant, CC Isidore Chukwudi Chikere, represented by Deputy Commandant Francis Obinna, stated that the training will be a paradigm shift from primordial ways of training personnel.
The state Commandant who was represented by Deputy Commandant Francis Obinna, Head of Private Guard Companies Department, (PGC) , in his keynote address, said the workshop will expose the participants to a more acceptable practice aimed at inculcating safety consciousness as they embark on the task ahead which is the protection of school children against any form of attack.
He challenged participants to listen to the various topics lined up for the training in improving proficiency in the safe school initiative programme.
DC Nnadi added that the training should be seen as an interactive forum designed to engage and strategically reposition the female Squad to carrying out its duties as expected.
“The unwavering effort of Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, the Commandant General at having a well-equipped workforce and an excellent special unit is worthy of commendation, hence I would also enjoin you to see your training as a golden opportunity to acquire more knowledge and skills”,
“And it is high time every one of us moved from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset that teaches positive attitude, discipline and contentment and dedication to duty”. He concluded.
In her speech, the commander of Female Squad, DSC Ngozi Okoye, elaborated on the aims and objectives of the special unit saying the Train-the-Trainers’ workshop exposed participants to skills that will help deliver engaging and compelling duties in improving the security around schools.
According to her to whom much is given, much more is expected, she therefore urged the participants to see the training as a think-tank meeting to chat a new course of action for safety of students through activities mapped out for it especially in the sensitization to all the schools in the state , engagement of relevant stakeholders through courtesy visits and familiarization tours .
In her lecture presentation which centered on topics such as; tackling threats to safe learning environment ,major security challenges on schools, access control system and role of stakeholders in schools, she made it known to participants that the squad will soon embark on visits to schools across the State for training and enlightenment of students on the need to be security conscious, security preventive measures to take as students and how they can report to appropriate security agencies when in danger .
While seeking the full cooperation of all the participants, the female Squad Commander added that the training has created an avenue to engage one another and brainstorm on ideas and plans aimed at redefining the essence of the creation of the unit.
At the end of the training, participants expressed their satisfaction and appreciation to the Commandant General for setting up the female Squad, pledging to key into the wonderful initiative in having threat free school learning environment.