The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that in order to tackle insecurity, Nigeria needs private security firms.
Aregbesola disclosed this during a retreat that held in Calabar on Thursday, which was organised by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, and the Association of Licenced Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria.
The retreat had the theme, ‘New Dynamics for Security Practice in Nigeria’.
In his speech, which was read by his Senior Special Adviser on Strategy, Ademola Adeyinka, Aregbesola called on private security firms in the country to be prepared to fill the gaps left by government security agencies.
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He said, “There is no doubt that we need private security firms. In a situation where there is a shortage of personnel, there is bound to be challenges, so this is where private security firms fill the gap and they should be prepared to play certain roles.”
In addition, they should play roles including providing security for their clients at the lower level, preparing their personnel to assist the security agencies with gathering and transmission of critical information as well as standardised training and renumeration.
Aregbesola also added that the Ministry of Interior would like to collaborate with the private security firms on establishing a training and certification institution for all categories of private security firms.
According to the Minister, the retreat was timely, and this was due to its objective of sharpening and shaping the role of private security operators in the general security architecture of Nigeria.
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The National President of ALPSPN, Wilson Esangbedo, also gave a speech at the retreat, in which he identified some challenges private security firms in the country face.
“Our operators are operating under very harsh and difficult business environment. The Federal Ministry of Labour Employment and Productivity is harassing our operators to obtain recruiters’ licences to deploy guards.
“We also have the issue of very high tax assessment besides sundry fees our operators are forced to pay in various states of operation,” Esangbedo noted.
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