The Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) has decried calls aimed at discrediting the initiative of the practitioners for the arming of its personnel.
Apparently reacting to an editorial published by a national newspaper a statement signed by the national president, ALPSPN, Mr Wilson Esangbedo and made available to newsmen in Abuja said the editorial is a fallout of the association’s appeal to the minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, for private security guards in Nigeria to be permitted to bear arms.
Esangbedo while commenting on the issue of minimum wage for its personnel, said it is a nation-wide challenge which even state governments with huge allocations from the federation account are finding it hard to implement.
However, he said the association dare say that it fares better in remuneration and working conditions more than most organisations.
The statement reads in part: ‘’It is gratifying to note that the newspaper did not fault the argument of the ALPSPN on the global examples of private security guards bearing arms, rather the newspaper dwelled on other industry issues such minimum wage, alleged ostentatious and lavish lifestyles of chief executives of private security firm owners and clerical functions of some private security guards where they are posted to.
‘’It is something of a surprise to insinuate, conjure and engage in red herring that private security firm owners live in opulence. Most of those engaged in providing added security services to organisations and individuals have staked all their long services and investment in this venture. To give a dog a bad name is unfortunate. Our members live modestly and contributed greatly to the economy of this country.’’
Esangbedo said it is true that some of its workers are assigned task which is not in their operational manual by those they are assigned to.
‘’It happens even to the police, other paramilitary services and even the military,’’ he added.