The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command, has commenced psychological assessment for the arms-bearing personnel and new recruits.
According to the Osun NSCDC Commander, Emmanuel Ocheja, it became imperative to ascertain the level of the mental, emotional and psychological status of the NSCDC personnel.
In a statement signed by the Command spokesperson, Atanda Olabisi and obtained by AllNews Nigeria on Thursday, it is also aimed at forestalling any unprofessional act of misuse of firearms that may emanate from any uncontrolled emotional outburst.
This will also be used to determine where the new recruits will be placed professionally.
Ocheja also urged the participants to pay rapt attention to details regarding the proper conduct of the examination.
He reiterated the efforts, commitments and doggedness of the Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, in repositioning the Corps towards the enhancement of professionalism and promotion of excellence in service delivery.
Earlier, the Head of the Forensic and Psychological Services Unit, NSCDC, National Headquarters Abuja, Tersoo Shaapera in his goodwill message also emphasised the imperatives of the exercise and the need to uphold the rule of engagement by understanding the importance of emotional Intelligence.
The Head of Forensic and Psychological Services Unit, NSCDC, Osun Command, Stephen Oyebode also explained the primary essence of the assessment.
Oyebode said a robust mechanism had been put in place by the Unit to offer psychotherapy and psycho-social intervention to officers who may need assistance after a thorough analysis by the experts.
He further stated that the exercise is aimed at selecting the best capable hands who can be entrusted with arms and also determining who will be placed in some sensitive departments and units.
"The evaluation will take place in batches so as to foster better opportunities for one-on-one interviews with the seasoned experts."
Olabisi further stated that the Corps will not tolerate any excuse under the guise of accidental discharge.
"There is nothing called accidental discharge, as the process of firing a bullet entails certain fundamental principles,” Atanda stated.