NEW entrants into the security profession have been enjoined to establish new outer limits and new boundaries towards advancing knowledge and practice of protection services.
Speaking at the recent matriculation ceremony of the Course Two of the Certified Protection Training and Post-Graduate Diploma in Security Studies Programme at the School of Management and Security, Lagos (Nigeria)., Chairman of Transworld Security Services Limited, Dr. ona Ekhomu gave this advice.
Ekhomu, a top-rated security professional and columnist on security-related issues charged the students to see themselves as people on a mission to define “security’s new frontier”, emphasizing that “the frontier of security is its outer reaches and boundaries.” He added that the frontier’s imporatance cannot be overemphasized.
The Transworld boss, who is also the West African representative of the International Federation of Protection Officers (IFPO) and Chairman of the School of Management and Security, urged the students to see security as the “solution of the world practically gone mad, a world where it appears that the bad guys are in charge.”
While pointing out that Nigeria’s Niger Delta and South East have been notorious for hostage taking, consumption of psychotropic substances by our youth is creating a new culture of violence and moral depravity. He added that fraud, corruption, financial malpractice, stock manipulations and other white collar crimes have sadly become the order of the day.
He therefore tasked security professionals to establish new boundaries towards reversing the trend since the known boundaries of security challenges “have shifted, mutated and metermorphosed”
Ekhomu in trying to dispel whatever misconception the new entrants into security profession may have had, assured them that they could establish the new frontier of security through dynamic acquisition of knowledge during the five-month period of their course. He admonished them to be the best that they could be and “must over-reach yourselves and touch the stars of excellence.”
Commenting on what he called the “study habit” the security chieftain reminded the students that “this is an academic programme. Your study habit will improve your assimilation and expand your knowledge of the subject matter. You have to unlearn in order to learn. You must open your mind to new information. You cannot rely on experience alone, though experienceis an asset but new information is invaluable” he stressed.
Since the establishment of the institution less than a year ago, intensive security training has been taking place with the Course One participants graduating in June 2008 after five months of study. According to Ekhomu, a total of 26 students were registered in Course One, out of which only 16 took the Certified Protection Officers (CPO) final examination with only 13 successful.
The pioneer course participants were drawn from law enforcement agencies, private security industry, banking, religious organisations, oil and gas industry, communication and the manufacturing sector.