These were returned to the owner, a lady who had just arrived Nigeria from the United States of America. This gesture came as a surprise to many going by the wide spread hunger and frustration in the country.
This noble act did not go unnoticed to many Nigerians, among them are two erudite crime reporters Mr. Odita Sunday, President, Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, CRAN, and Mr. Frank Oshanugor, Editor-in-Chief, Security Express Magazine.
They were motivated to boost services of private security guards whose primary responsibility is to interface with corporate publics or clients in the course of their duty.
Recognising the roles of private security guards in either making or destroying the image of companies they represent, Odita and Frank sought to document in a book, co-authored and launched on Friday in Lagos, titled “Essentials of Public Relations For Private Security Officers,” in the presence of crème-de la crème in both private and public officers in the field of ensuring protection of lives and property.
Unveiling the book with a thematic content in public relations, the publication provides intellectual wherewithal brewed to advance the frontiers of Nigeria’s emerging private security industry beyond protection of lives and properties.
An elated chairman of the occasion, Mr. Wale Olaoye, CEO Halogen Security minced no words in appreciating this step and recommended that documenting ideas that speaks to Nigerian environment in books such as published by the duo is pertinent to empower guards of both public and private institutions in combating clients’ security challenges, especially in the face of the dearth of knowledge.
Mr. Olaoye, an ‘A’list provider of security solutions in Nigeria and beyond her shores urged crime reporters and public officers that writing on security issues could bring about progress in the country.
His words, “Documentation of your experiences can bring about progress, begin to write your experiences, generations will learn from it.”
Stressing further that humble contribution to build the knowledge of private security guards is commendable and urged public security officers to also put down in memoirs their service experiences.
Reiterating his view,” there could be enough lessons to bring about change.” He noted that even experiences of a Divisional Police Officer, DPO, can be documented this way.
The book reviewer, Manir Yari, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, DCI, Ikoyi Passport Office who was ably represented by W. A Suleiman while speaking at the event said the104 paged book brought to the fore good and effective message to security personnel in unambiguous manner yet employed simple language to the admiration of knowledgeable and contemporary readers and to readers whose level of knowledge is below the writers’.
The five chapters’ book presented in a chronological manner was well referenced as it adopted a chapter by chapter method of referencing.
The book in-depth analysis did not go unnoticed by the reviewer as he drew a reference point to the emergence of private security in the country on page 23 of it.
DCI Yari being an author himself recommended to public relations practitioners and managerial staff working at all security level. He however critiqued few weaknesses noticed but which on a quick glance of a personal assessment paled into insignificance compared to what was enumerated as its strengths.
Yari added that he x-rayed the book based on standard yardstick of thematic/objectives, methodology, strengths/weaknesses and conclusion.
Conveying goodwill message from number one security public officer, Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olubode Ojajuni said his boss acknowledged the intellectual energy put in the work and directed that many copies should be put in police library.
CP Dan Nkem Okoro, Commissioner of Police, Anti-Fraud Department, FCIID, Alagbon, Lagos, held out commendation for the journalists/authors saying they turned around journalism in the crime world with a midas touch and yet don’t compromise standard and maintain friendship with police personnel.
He described the work of private security guards as part of security in Nigeria,”as long as they wear uniform, they carry out the same work and are also building the face of police.
CSP Dolapo Badmos, Zone 2 Police Command,who brought congratulatory words of Assistant Inspector General of Police and Force Public Relations Officer, Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood.
Badmos said that Nigeria Police Force PRO said the journalists commitment and support has helped him to sit tight due to their criticism and encouraged that their criticism should be constructive and hoped that the book will achieve what the authors actually envision it to achieve.
The beautifully coloured book was unveiled and launched by Mrs. Funke Adesoji, MD/CEO Remax Realtors, a force in service delivery in the housing sector of the Nigeria economy with achievements in delivery of barracks for police personnel at Goodluck Jonathan Estate and Muhammadu Buhari Estate respectively.
Others who graced the event were the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Adamu Ibrahim; representative of Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal; Area Commamder, DPOs, Intelligence Response Team, IRT, Omolola Omotola MD/CEO Strict Guards Dr. Bone Chinye Efoziem, former chairman of the Small and Medium Enterprises and Distribution Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, and Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, Jon Tudy Kachikwu, Chairman Onicha-Ugbo, Delta State, Mr. Ugochukwu Osemeka, CRAN members, representative of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, first class chiefs and rank and file officials of the police and immigration service.
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