The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has presented operational licenses to 41 new Private Guard Companies, PGCs, tasking them to operate within the national framework in contributing to peace and security of the nation.
The Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi stated this at the presentation ceremony in Abuja.
Represented by the Deputy Commandant General in charge of Operations, Dauda Mungadi, the CG said that the private security industry was an integral part of the national security architecture, hence, practitioners must enhance protection against crime and ensure optimum security of lives and property of the populace.
He urged the directors of the PGCs who retired from government security agencies and their counterparts not to compromise standards under any guise.
The CG warned that National security must not be sacrificed on the altar of pursuit for business profit stressing that Companies that violate the ethical codes of operation would be sanctioned and penalised accordingly.
The NSCDC helmsman called on the operators to ensure prompt submission of security reports and constantly share intelligence with the Corps.
He charged them to report all suspicious activities or movements in their areas of operation as they would be held accountable for any breach of security in their domain.
The guest speaker, Rtd Major Gen. Obidah Ethan, in a lecture organised as part of orientation for the new entrants, entitled “The imperative of private guard companies as a boost for internal security in Nigeria”, asserted that the presence of PGCs had helped in cushioning the effects of security threats.
According to him, inspite of efforts by conventional government security agencies, there were still some ungoverned spaces, either due to inadequate numerical strength or equipment.
He describes as imperative for private security operators to fill the gap, as outsourcing of security is a global practice.
Other Guest speakers at the event include the National President, Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN), Mr Chris Adigwu and Deputy Commandant of the Corps, Wasiu Sanya Oyesanya from the PGC Unit, National Headquarters, Abuja.
Written by: Safiya Wada