July 4, 2017 the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), assured investors in the agricultural sub-sector of adequate security from cattle rustlers and vandals.
A statement by the Kaduna State Command of the corps, said that the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana gave the assurance when he visited Golden Acres Farm located on Kaduna-Abuja Express Way.
The statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Orndiir Terzungwe, quoted the commandant-general as saying that the establishment of Agro-Rangers unit of the corps was to provide safety to agricultural investments.
“Providing physical security for agric investments and investors has become necessary in supporting the Federal Government’s plan towards diversifying the economy from over dependence on oil to agriculture,” Gana was quoted as saying.
He stated that providing physical security would in turn lead to food security, as investors would be motivated to produce more livestock and crops, as well as provide employment.
The commandant-general urged those who abandoned the business due to insecurity posed by rustlers and kidnappers not to panic, as the NSCDC was determined to protect them and their investments.
Gana revealed that 30 agro rangers had been deployed to Golden Acres to provide security.
He warned the operatives to discharge their duties with diligence, saying anyone who compromise would be sanctioned.
The civil security chief assured the personnel of prompt and regular payment of their allowances.
On his part, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Acres, Kashim Ibrahim-Imam expressed delight over the collaboration with NSCDC.
Ibrahim-Imam disclosed that the farm would provide jobs to an average of 1,000 farm hands daily and had acquired N200 million worth of ginger seedlings for planting on a four kilometer expanse of land, and another maize farm covering four kilometers.
According to him, the ginger investment is mainly for export, while plans are on to revive investments in livestock.
Edited for Aprecon by Omolola Lipede.