AWKA â€” NO fewer than 3500 pioneer staff of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, from the five South Eastern states, who were not absorbed into the system after working for years as volunteers, have threatened a showdown with the Federal Government.
The aggrieved NSCDC personnel said they would no longer continue to receive N5000 as monthly pay, despite their contributions to ensure security in their places of work in the various local government areas.
Addressing reporters in Awka, their spokesman, Mr. Nkem Iroha, regretted that their colleagues in other geo-political zones in the country had since been absorbed by authorities of NSCDC and wondered why those in the South East should be left out.
According to Iroha, the most worrisome aspect of the situation was that there had been regular recruitment into the corps without consideration for the pioneer staff.
He said: â€œWe were enlisted into the Corps and given identity cards before the existence of NSCDC was regularised. Since then, we have been functioning effectively, and even received paper promotions.