Posted By Godwin Onyemaechi
The Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command, Commandant Michael Besong Ogar has charged the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) in the State on the need to exercise caution when hiring private security guards as criminal minded person might disguise and get hired if not thoroughly scrutinized and profiled effectively.
In a press statement e-signed and released to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP by the Command’s Spokesperson, DSC Olufemi Ayodele noted that, “The State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command has charged the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) in Rivers State on the need to exercise caution when hiring private security guards as criminal minded person might disguise and get hired if not thoroughly scrutinized and profiled effectively.”
According to the statement, “Commandant Michael Besong Ogar gave this charge while welcoming the Executives of the ALPSPN in his office at the Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt. He noted that the fight against crime and criminalities in the nation calls for conserted efforts of all Stakeholders and as such those recruited as Private Security Guards must be well scrutinized and necessary background check done before deploying them to various duty locations.”
“As you are aware that the NSCDC establishment Act 2003 as amended 2007 specifically mandated the NSCDC to Train, Monitor, Supervise and issue Licence of operation to registered Private Guard Companies in Nigeria. The Command under my watch will go after those illegal operators who are sabotaging the Security architecture of the State. There is no room for any unregistered PGC in Rivers State; the Command Task Force are effectively ready to clam down all unlicensed private security guard companies. On this note I urge you to synergize with the NSCDC Rivers State Command in order to strengthen the Security architecture of the State. We must collaborate and work out modalities to effectively conduct thorough background check on the Security Guards before hiring them. It behooves you to also improve on the welfare package of the guards, provide necessary gadgets and uniforms to boost their morale as they provide security at Shopping Malls, Hospitals, Financial and Academic Institutions amongst others”.
In his response the Rivers State Chairman of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) and Managing Director, Danger Guard Security Port Harcourt, Hon Davies Kennedy lauded the Rivers State Commandant for the warmth reception and the eye opening security tips. He maintained that the ASPLSPN Rivers State Chapter will strongly collaborate with the Command by exposing illegal PGC operators as well as provide the Command with credible Intelligence and actionable information that would enhance the fight against criminalities in the State.