The American Society for Industrial Safety (ASIS), Lagos State Chapter 206, has launched operational guidelines and standards for private security guards in Nigeria. This, the body explained in a statement in Lagos, is aimed at improving the quality of service delivery and the rule of engagement.
The body further explained that this code of practice, described as the first of its kind for the private security industry in Nigeria, labeled ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Private Security Officers in Nigeria’, is designed as a industry resource providing operational services, and security settings for all Nigerian companies operating in the guarding and security sector.
“Service standards issues are critical to the delivery of quality services in the private security industry. We are very particular about this and that is why we have come up with this operational document,” said Peter Okolo, the chapter president, during their 2022 retreat at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) d ‘Ibadan.
He added that it was the first time they had put this in place to ensure that the delivery of services to their customers was optimal.
Okolo assured that the new best practice guidelines would have a remarkable impact on productivity and services when fully adopted by industry stakeholders.
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Gen. Garba Ayodeji Wahab (Rtd), speaking on strengthening private security engagement in national security, noted that the private security industry in Nigeria was better placed to support various national security agencies , because of their number and their strategic perspectives.
Likewise, Deputy Commander (Administration), Nigeria Security & Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Command, Paul Oladapo Somide, who was represented by Lagos State Commander, Edenabu Okoro Eweka as guest speaker, said, “It’s exciting to attend thought leadership sessions. by ASIS with contributions from the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN).
“It’s good to see them formulating a standardized platform that will let everyone in this industry know what is expected of them,” he added.
Wale Adeagbo of Halogen Group and chairman of the leadership conference organizing committee, noted that key to the success of the four-day retreat was a genuine quest for a value-driven industry ready for safety practice integrated privacy based on results. .