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By Palma Ileye
Federal Government, through the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has licensed forty-four, 44, new private guards companies to boost security in the country.
Speaking yesterday during the licensing ceremony held at the Corps’ Headquarters in Abuja, Commandant General, NSCDC, Dr Abubakar Ahmed Audi warned that the licence was not for business profit alone but an opportunity to contribute their quota to the security of the nation.
Audi stated that the call to national duty must be honoured as this was not negotiable noting that they must be vigilant, report to the Corps any suspicious gathering and most importantly engage a damage control measure before adequate response from Government security agencies.
He said that all guards would be licensed before deployment while unlicensed guards shall be arrested, prosecuted and their companies sanctioned for employment and deployment of unlicensed guard.
He noted that the Private Guard Companies Industry was transiting from an industry where every Company trains guards based on the understanding and the designed curriculum of the Directors.
In his words: “You are today, receiving your licence towards the end of a regime when we have some disgruntled elements threatening the unity and peace of this nation during handing over. Your first assignment is to be vigilant during this period, report to the Corps any suspicious gathering and most importantly engage a damage control measure before adequate response from Government security agencies.”
“While I believe that it is your business instinct that made you endure the tedious process, you are to note that the licence is not for business profit alone but an opportunity for you to contribute your quota to the security of this nation”, he said.