By Palma Ileye
As the primary and Post-Primary Schools are set to resume in continuation with the academic calendar, and a kind of strategic reorganisation, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi has appointed Commandant Ahmed Abodunrin as the new Commander of the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre, NSSRCC.
According to NSCDC press release, he takes over from the erstwhile Commander, CSC Tersoo Shaapera who has been redeployed.
In the statement, NSCDC as a lead agency in the protection of critical national assets and Infrastructure with schools inclusive, hosts the Federal Government’s National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre, NSSRCC, which is first of its kind in the implementation of the safe Schools implementation project.
“NSSRCC is located at the national Headquarters of the NSCDC in Abuja with few state coordination centres so far established among the 36 States of the federation.
“It was established on 13th February, 2023 to enhance the security of schools and host communities to coordinate security agencies and other critical stakeholders by receiving and referring complaints and maintaining emergency hotlines.
“It will be recalled that the Centre has been able to avert many attacks on schools especially in the country especially in the North and South-East through coordination with relevant stakeholders and security agencies.
“The Centre also has surveillance personnel among schools and host communities, especially at different locations especially in places believed to be prone to attacks. The deployed operatives gather information which also lead to community engagement.
“Dr. Ahmed Abodunrin the new NSCDC Commander of the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre was born in Iresi, Osun State.
“He was a trained and accomplished journalist before he joined NSCDC as a volunteer in 1994 and rose through the ranks.
“Abodunrin has held various major key appointments in the NSCDC and was a former State Commandant in Ogun and Ondo States.
“He bagged his first degree from the University of Lagos, a postgraduate and PhD from the University of Ibadan.
“He is a fellow of the Institute of Criminology and Strategic Studies, FICSS and also a fellow of the prestigious National Defence College, fdc,” the statement explained.