The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Friday pledged to drastically reduce vandalism of national assets and public utilities this year.
The Commandant-General, Dr Ade Abolurin, made the pledge at a news briefing at the Corps headquarters in Abuja.
He said the corps had made great efforts in 2013 to reduce vandalism of critical infrastructure, especially in oil and gas, telecommunication and transport.
assured that the NSCDC would be more proactive this year in preventing vandalism and oil theft.
"Every challenge we experienced in 2013 should not be seen in 2014. We are supposed to be more proactive and successful in driving away oil theft and vandalism" he said.
The commandant-general attributed the hitch-free Christmas celebration across the country to improved security and effective policing.
He disclosed that the corps would accord high priority to ending oil theft in the Niger Delta, adding that it would soon roll out plans to achieve the mandate.
"In the next one week we will roll out activities to show the public how effective we will be this year in reducing the rate of crime in the society; we are up to the task."
Abolurin, who led officers of the corps in a prayer session to usher in the New Year, said the corps would achieve its mandate through God's guidance.
He said the prayer session was important in order to seek the face of God and ask for his protection during the year.
"God will help us to transform the society, He will help us fight vandalism and we will co-exist harmoniously with one another this year.
"We ended the year praising and thanking God for what He has done, so we are commencing the New Year with praises and prayers so that He can guide and be with us," Abolurin said.
He charged officers of the corps to be diligent, proactive and work with uncompromising dedication.
The commandant-general urged the public to give peace a chance and support government the corps in its effort to protect critical infrastructure for the good of all. (NAN)