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NSCDC Private security guard companies want agency to stop illegal operators

Mohamed Potiskum, the Managing Director/CEO of HND Security, said that it was high time the NSCDC’s hammer came down strongly on illegal operators in the industry.

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(The Sheet NG)

Some owners of Private Guard Companies in Nigeria, have called on Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to step up its campaign against illegal operators in the industry.

They made the call on Wednesday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of Security Management Training for directors and senior managers of private security firms.

Mohamed Potiskum, the Managing Director/CEO of HND Security, said that it was high time the NSCDC’s hammer came down strongly on illegal operators in the industry.

"The registration and licensing of operators in private guards industry must be enforced by the NSCDC to make it difficult for quack companies scattered across the country to operate.

"All companies must be duly registered and records checked from time to time by the Corps.

"This is necessary to ensure that any operator that provides service or offers guard duty to a company must have the basis and the wherewithal to do so,’’ he said.

Potiskum commended the NSCDC for organising the training, adding that the value of private security guard depended on the exposure or knowledge he acquired in the performance of his job.

Speaking along the same vein, Francis Uzuamare, the Director, Overview Security, a PGC based in Benin, said that invasion of quacks in the industry was becoming a serious source of concern.

"What you find in the industry these days are quack companies that comes on the street, picks up untrained individuals, give them uniform and deploy them.

"This is totally unacceptable and poses serious threat to our existence; it is creating bad name and image for us.

"So, we are using this opportunity to call on the NSCDC to intensify its efforts and ensure that these so-called quacks are completely eradicated from the industry.

Uzumare said he was impressed with the efforts being put in by the NSCDC to ensure that operators were knowledgeable about the operations of the industry.

"We thank the NSCDC for this opportunity to help the operators to further develop ourselves and gain additional knowledge.

"This will enhance our capacity in developing strong, virile and broad based security architecture for the country,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the workshop which commenced on April 19 will end on April 22.

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