Nigeria’s Security and Civil Defense Corps announced the introduction of a toll-free number on Friday, claiming the initiative was aimed at addressing security breaches and preventing electoral violence during the Ekiti State gubernatorial election due to take place on Saturday. , June. August 18, 2022. “With the cooperation of the United States Agency for International Development, United Kingdom Aid, the Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development and the National Democratic Institute”, the civil defense stated that it “has set up a situation room in the Headquarters of the State Command”.
The information is contained in a statement released by the Director of Public Affairs of the NSCDC, Abuja National Headquarters, DCC Olusola Odumosu, and made available to journalists. “As part of deliberate strategies to ensure effective security monitoring on the June 18 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State,” the statement read in part, “the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps has set up a situation room at headquarters. from the State Command with support from USAID, UK AID, Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development and the National Democratic Institute.” The situation room is a proactive strategy to quickly respond to emergencies, including security breaches and potential victims of electoral violence. It would also help inform the people of Ekiti and the general public about the progress of the elections. “
In charge of Ekiti’s electoral operations, Acting Deputy Commander General of the Corps, 50mindstions, Haruna Muhammed, fdc, said that while the state is adequately protected, it is critical to ensure that the rights of women and other vulnerable individuals are protected. before, during and after the election.
He states that the NSCDC will continue to work with all relevant organizations to ensure that the safety and rights of citizens are protected. To this end, the Interior Ministry’s N-Alert security platform with three alert categories: See something, say something, voter registration and monitoring would be deployed by the Ekiti Electoral Monitoring Situation Room and Rapid Response Center.
The public is given a toll-free number, 080046837467, to connect with the Situation Room and provide information from anywhere in the state to protect women and people with disabilities, especially vulnerable ones ahead of Saturday’s elections.
Haruna revealed that the NSCDC launched its Gender Policy in 2021 and that, in recognition of the competence and capacity of women, 160 armed Special Women’s Squads have been designed to ensure resistance to any form of violence, intimidation or abuse, particularly against women involved in political process.
Tumininu Adedeji, Executive Director of the Balm in Gilead Foundation, also stated that the organization had an NDI mandate to establish a survival center to combat violence against women in politics, noting that women were most vulnerable before, during and after the elections. According to Adedeji, citizens who tend to abuse women during elections should stop.
Mr. Stephen Snook, Country Director, NDI, commended the Corps for developing a mandate that encouraged women’s political rights, stating that NDI had prioritized this so that women could enjoy free voting and political participation.
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