NSCDC strengthens ties with Geneva Center to enhance intelligence, security training for PGC

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By Palma Ileye

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has affirmed its commitment to maintaining strong collaborations with the Geneva Center to enhance the statutory responsibility of the Corps in training, supervision, monitoring and licensing the Private Guard Companies, PGC, in Nigeria.

This is contained in a press release issued by NSCDC Spokesperson, CSC Babawale Afolabi to newsmen in Abuja.

Emphasizing the vital role of the Private Security Guards in gathering prompt intelligence and information needed to provide security across the board, the NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi said that the nation’s security cannot be left solely in the hands of the State Actors hence the need to engage critical stakeholders like the Licensed Private Security Practitioners.

Audi said, “The involvement of private security practitioners is very central for a wholistic approach to security matters because they spread across the country.

“The credible intelligence drawn from Private Security Practitioners helped security forces to take actionable steps in forestalling criminal activities and their perpetrators.

“This is the reason we leverage on the widespread of practitioners of private guard companies whose regularization and licensing is under the purview of NSCDC.”

He further said, “That he looks forward to seeing Nigerians being added as a member state in the operations of the Geneva Center to smoothen and strengthen the existing collaboration so that they can benefit from DCAF’s expertise in terms of training which he described as central to success of any organization.”

Speaking earlier, the Senior Project Officer of Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, CAF, Switzerland, Mission to Nigeria, Ms Gabrielle Anne Priklopil commended the Corps and its personnel for the commitment demonstrated towards the progress of private security sector governance in Nigeria.

Priklopil explained that DCAF was an international foundation based in Geneva which was set up in the year 2000 and has spread in over seventy countries, to improve the private security sector and governance through partnerships with different stakeholders to ensure that security arrangements respond to the needs of the population according to international human rights laws.

“Private security is an important part of the security provision and we look at how private actors influence security sectors and how they promote its members,” she explained.

In her response to the Committee inaugurated by the Ministry of Interior; she therefore called for the support and partnership so that the Corps can develop a comprehensive strategy to monitor private security operations across the nation.