FORMER President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has enjoined manufacturers and industrialists in the country to employ only competent security directors and managers who can help to prevent losses, crimes and hazards associated with their operating environments.
In a goodwill message delivered at eighth annual conference of the Institute of Security, Nigeria (ISN) at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) over the weekend, Obasanjo observed that manufacturers and industrialists were becoming increasingly aware of the potentials for losses, crimes and hazards in the industrial environment.
Speaking on the theme of the conference, “Security and Safety in Commercial and Industrial Environment: Changing Patterns, Challenges and Solutions,” he said the reduction of losses; crimes and hazards in the industrial environment could be achieved by employing knowledgeable security and safety professionals.
Obasanjo, who was represented at the event by Ambassador Albert Omotayo, stressed that these, then, would integrate security and safety functions into the environment at the conceptual stage while working with the rapid innovations in technology, rather than allow them to remain isolated.
This recommendation, he noted, became imperative since utility security professionals take appropriate measures and perform a range of duties for the protection of people, property, information and other assets in the event of crime, natural disaster, technical emergency, resource shortage, civil disturbance, war and terrorist activities.
The two-day conference, where eminent scholars and security professionals presented papers on related sub-themes, had in attendance the police, military and professional security operators from the private sector.
Also speaking at the occasion, the INILAG Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rahman Ade Bello, represented by Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, congratulated the ISN administrators for rendering high quality security training to students in the past eight years, adding that the institution has concluded plans to collaborate with the institute to run a post-graduate programme in security studies.
On his part, the former president of the Nigerian Institute of Personnel Management, Mr. Victor Eburajolo, observed that present-day industries in Nigeria are not safety conscious, as was the case prior to the 1990s. He emphasised the need for companies to promote safety education in work places.
Source: Guardian Newspaper
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