By Abiodun Lawal
Abeokuta – The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has put in place measures to train over 1,000 private guard operatives from different Private Guard Companies (PGCs) in Ogun.
Mr Hammed Abodunrin, the NSCDC Commandant in Ogun, made this known during a one-day workshop organised for the Private Guard Companies (PGCs) Department of the Corps at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta on Thursday.
Abodunrin explained that the private guard operatives would be trained on capacity building in information management, mediation, first aid, disaster management, peace building and relevant areas of human security.
He said the PGC Department was a creation of the Federal Government, placed under the watchful eyes of the NSCDC for the purpose of regularising the overall conduct of the owners of such companies against insecurity.
He explained that the PGC remained a major mandate placed under the NSCDC and should by all means possible be carried out irrespective of onerous challenges and face offs with the quacks.
Abodunrin noted that the command would recertify all private guard security outfits across the state and its environs.
“These recertification is a kind of task force or clampdown procedure on all illegal PGCs in places like banks, schools, hospitals and major companies, who flagrantly flout government’s orders to unlawfully own an unregistered PGC in their domains.
“The illegal operations invariably disrupt the security architecture put in place by the government at all levels – local, state or federal.
“The Commandant-General, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammadu, had already given his approval to us toward ridding the PGC sector of quacks by every lawful means possible.
“To this end, I am also issuing same order that you, under the law, must challenge all inappropriate registrations forthwith,” he said.
He explained that Ogun NSCDC had a record of 26 head offices and 116 branch offices of PGCs and would be registering more this year.
Abodunrin said that the greatest challenge of the PGC Department was the influx of unregistered practitioners who deliberately refused to do the right thing.
“Another is the failure to renew registration by already-registered concerns and this creates a loophole for insecurity and danger of such threats as: kidnapping, terrorism, armed banditry among others,” he said.
Abodunrin explained that the workshop held for the NSCDC officers was to allow them gain new and more knowledge to be able to execute new challenges.