A Plus for Efoziem, Se­cu­rity Boss

THISDAY - - XTRA - Chiemelie Ezeobi

It was a plus for one of the fore­most pri­vate se­cu­rity prac­ti­tion­ers, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Strict Guards Se­cu­rity, Dr. Bone Chinye Efoziem, with his re­cent bag­ging of a Masters De­gree in Se­cu­rity and In­tel­li­gence Stud­ies from the pres­ti­gious Univer­sity of La­gos (UNILAG).

For the re­tired army of­fi­cer, be­ing one the first set of grad­uands for that course in UNILAG, was a plus for him and the se­cu­rity sec­tor as a whole.

The fore­most se­cu­rity boss grad­u­ated along­side his 14 other class­mates from the School of Postgraduates Stud­ies, at the school's 50th con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony.

While calling for syn­ergy be­tween pri­vate se­cu­rity prac­ti­tion­ers and the mil­i­tary, he noted that it was only with such syn­ergy that the na­tion's se­cu­rity chal­lenges fac­ing the na­tion can be ame­lio­rated.

He said, "The im­por­tance of syn­ergy be­tween se­cu­rity agen­cies and pri­vate prac­ti­tion­ers can never be un­der­stated. Any­thing done in iso­la­tion never works. There are ben­e­fits in work­ing to­gether.

"Al­ready, this course alone gives room for net­work­ing. In my class, we had serv­ing cus­toms and po­lice of­fi­cers. "Our se­cu­rity in­dus­try is very much un­tapped and it seems like this is a call to res­cue Nige­ria from its se­cu­rity chal­lenges be­cause they are train­ing pro­fes­sion­als in se­cu­rity man­age­ment.

"The course we did was tai­lored to­wards groom­ing peo­ple that will bet­ter man­age the se­cu­rity of the Nige­rian na­tion.

"Al­ready, it has domi­ciled my knowl­edge of the Nige­rian se­cu­rity chal­lenges to what is cur­rently in our en­vi­ron­ment and ways to curb­ing the se­cu­rity men­ace trou­bling our na­tion.

"Our peo­ple are yet to un­der­stand that se­cu­rity, pri­mar­ily, should be proac­tive and I have known bet­ter through this course that mak­ing proac­tive se­cu­rity ar­range­ments is much bet­ter.

"Start­ing from my lo­cal area, I will be­gin to give pro­fes­sional ad­vice and reach out to those in author­ity to prof­fer solutions.

"I will or­gan­ise pro­grams and sym­po­siums that will en­cour­age peo­ple to be more con­cerned with their en­vi­ron­ment as re­lates to se­cu­rity and safety."

Also speak­ing, Garuba Kakudi, an As­sis­tant Con­troller of Cus­toms, who also spoke on the ad­van­tages of the course to his knowl­edge of se­cu­rity, said he will chan­nel what he learnt to his field.

He said, "With my se­cu­rity train­ing back­ground, this train­ing helped me build my ca­pac­ity in se­cu­rity knowl­edge and en­hance our op­er­a­tional sys­tems."On how to chan­nel the se­cu­rity train­ing he learnt in tack­ling our por­ous borders he said, "We have over 700 borders to be manned and the gov­ern­ment is try­ing its best but the vast land­scape of our ter­rains make it dif­fi­cult.

"How­ever, putting fa­cil­i­ties in place to check­mate smug­glers is key be­cause when you block one por­ous border did smug­glers, they find an­other route. "Thus, we need more fac­ul­ties and equip­ment like scan­ners and snif­fer dogs in place. Al­ready, some of our scan­ners are ob­so­lete.

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