By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –
Abubakar Tatari Ali State Polytechnic, Bauchi has presented certificates to all the 20 selected and accredited members of the Private Security Agents Association of Nigeria (PSAAN), who participated at a 3 day training on the role of private security agents and other volunteer security groups in fighting insecurity in the north east of the country.
The participants were specifically trained on how to conduct intelligent gathering and elaborate informal justice, juvenile delicacy, terrorism and Insurgency among others in facilitating crime prevention and control in the 6 states of the north east.
Presenting the certificates to the private security personnel on Wednesday, the Crime Prevention and Control Training Coordinator, Dr. Mohammed Awwal, appreciated the Polytechnic for requesting for the training programme from the North Development Commission (NEDC).
He also said that immediately the approval was given, the institution commenced the training programme for the private security outfits in all the six states of the north east region.
The Training Coordinator added that the prevailing security challenges in the north east couple with the devastating effects on lives and properties informed the three day training, which was funded by the NEDC. He, further, commended the management and coordinating staff of the commission for the training programme, which he described as the first of its kind in the north east.
He noted that one of the purpose of the training workshop was to assemble the private security agents in order to brainstorm on the security situation in the north east and to discuss with experts and other security professionals on the challenges of insecurity in the north east zone.
Dr. Awwal described the training as an acclaimed one and he pledged to produce a white paper on the training programme as the institution is the first to introduce Crime Prevention and Control Department as well as Department of Criminology in the north east.
He thanked the sponsors of the security training programme, NEDC management and coordinating staff of the training programme , adding that the programme is also targeted at training the trainers in order to train the trainees in their communities.
On his part, The Private Security Agents Group Head , Yakubu Ali, appreciated the organizers for training them and giving the opportunity to acquaint themselves on contemporary security issues.
Mr. Ali pledged that the participants would extend the knowledge derived from the training to their colleagues.
He further commended the resource persons and NEDC for their support and encouragement , while urging the commission to sponsor similar training and workshop for them.
Highlights of the event include presentation of certificates and group photographs among others.