The Nigeria Security Services and Civil Defence Corps, popularly known as Nigeria Civil Defence or NSCDC, is a para-military institution originally established in May 1967.
In this article, we’ll talk about the functions of the Nigeria Civil Defence. Also, we’ll discuss key factors relating to the history of the NSCDC and in addition tell you the location of its headquarters.
History of the NSCDC
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was formed in May 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War.
The institution as at then operated majorly within the then Federal Capital Territory of Lagos. And as a result, it was referred to as Lagos Civil Defence Committee.
It was in 1970 the institution got its modern-day name ‘The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
In 1984, the NSCDC became a National security outfit and in 1988, several commands were established throughout Nigeria.
Previously, the NSCDC was tasked with sensitizing the Nigerian populace who were at that point experiencing their first civil war. However, when the NSCDC became a National Security outfit in 1984, it mounted an even bigger task.
On 28 June 2003, the National Assembly gave statutory backing to the NSCDC. And in 2007, the Act was amended to enhance the statutory duty of the corp.
Roles & Functions of the Nigeria Civil Defence
Back then, the primary role of the institution was to sensitize and protect the civil populace. However, right now the roles of the NSCDC cover a much broader niche.
Some of the primary roles of the Nigeria Civil Defence include:
- Educating and helping civilian populace cope with wars, natural disasters, or any other form of societal disruptions and emergencies
- protect lives and properties in conjunction with Nigeria police.
- protect pipelines from vandalism, which is most times perpetrated by civilians or armed militants.
Logo of Nigeria Civil Defence
The logo of the institution bears a strong resemblance to the Nigeria Coat of Arms, albeit without the horses.
Location of the Nigeria Civil Defence Headquarters
The National Headquarters of the NSCDC is located at Plot V921 Cadastral Zone A2, Algiers St, Wuse, Abuja.
Thinking of joining the Nigeria Civil Defence? See our step by step guide on how to join the NSCDC this year.
Do not forget to also read the requirements for joining the NSCDC as obtained from the official website.