The Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), during the commemoration of its 10th anniversary on May 13 in the mining town of Yekepa, Nimba County, vowed to go regional in five years.
SEGAL has urged all of its staff members to be in readiness, by obtaining their necessary traveling documents.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Mimi Cyrus said owing to the services provided in the country “as the number one private security firm,” serving in 13 counties, SEGAL anticipates going regional in five years.
“Our desire is to provide services in regional countries,” he said, adding that prior to going regional, SEGAL hopes to cover the entire country, serving all 15 counties, by the end of 2016.
He admonished the security personnel to think of advancements in the future when SEGAL extends its services beyond the borders of Liberia.
“Get yourselves passports to enable you to attend international training,” he said.
SEGAL recently won the bid to provide security services to all of ArcelorMittal Liberia’s facilities across the country.
SEGAL earlier provided security services to the concession in Yekepa, while ArcelorMittal Liberia facilities outside Yekepa were under the protection of another private security firm.
Late last year, Arcelor Mittal Liberia decided to put to a bid the protection of its facilities to one security firm which gave SEGAL the upper hand to take care of the iron ore giant’s assets from Yekepa to Buchanan, including Green Hill and Monrovia.
Meanwhile, the 10th anniversary celebration was held under the theme “Reviewing Our Past, Charting Our Future” and brought together scores of SEGAL officers, government officials and representatives of ArcelorMittal Liberia.
It began with a parade through the principal streets of Yekepa followed by an indoor program. On Saturday May 14, a day long retreat was held, where issues pertaining to the sustainability of the firm were discussed.
Commissioner Alex S. Kawah told the security firm that professional private security can become an auxiliary to national security. Speaking on the topic; “The Role of Private Security in the Criminal Justice System,” he said the difference between private and national security is the fact that national security has the power to arrest and prosecute, while private security doesn’t.
“You are not an inferior group, because the LNP trained four classes of SEGAL officers, comprising of over 1,000 men and women,” he said.
However, administrator Gbawu F. Woiwor said during an historical overview that SEGAL seeks collaboration with national security to host the security of Liberia as UNMIL draws down.
“The national security cannot succeed without the collaboration of the private security,” Woiwor said. “We will soon get deputy police power, which will allow you to carry arms.”
In regard to private security firms carrying arms, Representative Worlea Sehwah Dunah of Nimba District #7, who was the keynote speaker at the retreat, said it is necessary for private security firms to carry arms, especially those manning facilities that lie close to the border, like those belonging to ArcelorMittal Liberia.
He said in some countries, private security firms carry arms, especially where the security situation is troubling.
He added that an act has recently been passed into law to allow private security firms to carry arms. He said once the law is printed into Hand Bills, private security firms will be able to carry arms, adding that they should however know how to handle arms as the law calls for an arm bearer’s name, along with serial numbers and registration in the event of any incident.
Meanwhile, the workers are calling on SEGAL management to improve conditions such as housing, medical and education for their children, which the management has agreed to consider if the new contract with ArcelorMittal Liberia is signed.