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NSCDC certifies 24 private guards companies, issues licenses

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), has certified and issued operational licenses to 24 private guards companies as part of renewed efforts to eliminating quackery in the private security industry and sanitize the sector for effective security service delivery towards complementing efforts of government agencies in mitigating security challenges.

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Issuing the licenses yesterday in Abuja, Commandant-General, NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Audi, said the licenses not only prove that the companies are verified as fit and able to offer security services to Nigerians, but also opens up a window of opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in providing security, nip crime in the bud and be proactive in collaborating with security agencies to provide actionable and accurate intelligence needed to deal with prevailing security challenges.

Audi said the 24 companies were deemed successful after undergoing thorough screening to ascertain the eligibility of their applications as operators in the sector.

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According to him, ‘’as stakeholders in the protection of lives and property, let us join hands to safeguard our future and that of the generations yet unborn and to make our country better and safer because, a secured environment will no doubt engender socio-economic.”

He revealed that the Corps has concluded an arrangement to make available its training facilities for the private guards companies to leverage on for training, capacity building and manpower development of their staff.

Reiterating that NSCDC is putting in place necessary machinery to reposition and reform the Private security sector in Nigeria in accordance with the enabling law and regulations, the CG charged “all operators to work within the ambit of the law governing their operation as not to incur the wrath of the Corps because violators would have their license seized, revoked or have their operational base sealed until the right procedure is followed.”

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He highlighted the need to shun any corrupt tendency and not succumb to any form of pressure or negative influence that may put the integrity of their companies in jeopardy and to make sure their operatives are paid their salaries and all entitlements as and when due to avoid any form of compromise, emphasizing that if security providers are not well remunerated, there is serious tendency for such guard to be easily lured with money or any juicy offer by desperate criminals.

Responding on behalf of the private guards operators, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, (CEO), of Pareto Smartwork Nigeria Limited, Ambassador Godwin Umoh, commended the NSCDC boss for a transparent, speedy and rigorous screening exercise noting that it a very credible way to ensure professionalism in the sector unlike before when it used to be an all comers affair.

He also called for the incorporation of technology to assist in the task of security management as human intelligence cannot be totally relied upon especially where manpower is grossly inadequate.

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