By Nkiru Njemanze
The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi has inaugurated a 10-member Training Implementation Committee to standardise the Private Guard Companies, PGCs for best global practices.
A statement by the Corp’s Public Relations Officer Babawale Afolabi says the CG Described the move as a giant leap by the Corps to reform and professionalise every aspect of the private security industry in the country.
According to the statement, it is the sole mandate of the Corps to train guards and directors of PGCs as enshrined in the NSCDC Amendment Act 2007.
It charges members of the committee to demonstrate commitment, transparency and fairness in handling their assignment as opposed to complaints, condemnation and sabotage.
His words: “The success of this assignment and the fate of many companies that will key into it, depends on your commitment and transparency. You must not only be fair to all, you must be seen to be fair, to avoid complaints and condemnation of these noble steps towards a more secured nation.”
The statement says the CG maintains that the Federal Government through the Minister of Interior is highly interested in the assignment given to them and warned that no act of levity will be condoned.
On the guiding principles which must be followed, he explained that all applications must be treated promptly, fairly and uniformly.
It states that the training must spread across all the Geopolitical zones and all existing guards in the industry must be trained and certified as a priority, and strict compliance with the outlined criteria.
Responding on behalf of the committee, the National President of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN), Mr Chris Adigwu, described their inauguration as a great beginning for the Private Guard industry in Nigeria.
He pledged on behalf of his colleagues to be fair, stressing that they would not compromise as directed by the government.
He commended the Commandant General for being passionate about the growth of the private security industry in Nigeria which he explained is demonstrated in words and action.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze
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