The 9th SEGAL Annual Retreat, held from October 15 to 18, in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, prioritized the education of the security firm’s officers. The retreat urged officers to pursue educational opportunities as a means of advancing themselves for future positions with the firm.
The retreat also focused on other topics, including the essence of private security and national security in the drawdown of UNMIL; the importance of private security in Liberia after UNMIL drawdown; rule of law in the security sector; code of ethics of security personnel; health and safety in the workplace; the importance of customer service in the security sector, among others.
The officers were encouraged to use their off duty times wisely by pursuing educational advancements to empower themselves.
The firm showed a commitment to this advice by offering scholarships to some of its officers as a means of empowering them in the discharge of their professional duties.
“There are many opportunities coming. Advance yourselves educationally so that you will be able to occupy some of the managerial positions,” said SEGAL CEO Momo Cyrus.
He urged them “to use some of their leisure times to learn something – it could be computers, driving or any other course at the college or university level.
“SEGAL is at the level that we need more skillful persons, but if you do not have the required skill, you will not get the opportunity.”
This year’s SEGAL retreat was held under the theme “Advancing SEGAL Beyond the Decade of Remarkable Progress,” and underscored by the phrase “Excellence in Service Delivery, Everywhere, Every time and in All Situations.”
Mr. Lionel Keller, former board chairperson of SEGAL, said, “SEGAL wants officers to seek educational opportunities so advance yourselves by learning something to make you eligible for other positions.”
Since its establishment in 2006, SEGAL has successfully undertaken numerous contracts, including assignments at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Ambassadors’ residences and embassies of France and Ivory Coast, SEMS Exploration, CHECO, Ambassador Hotel, Plan International Liberia, Oxfam GB Liberia, ArcelorMittal Liberia facilities in Yekapa, Ecobank branches across Liberia, UN facilities across Liberia, the Liberia Revenue Authority as well as many other institutions in Liberia.
Apart from its officers seeking educational opportunities, the retreat also stressed on the importance of private security forming part of the national agenda, hence given deputy police powers, especially in the event of UNMIL’s expected drawdown next year.
“Government should ensure that private security forms part of the national agenda because private security provides physical protection for more private and public places across the country,” added SEGAL CEO Cyrus.
The SEGAL boss added that there are about 81 registered private security firms operating in Liberia employing close to half a million people. He said that such a huge employment figure should qualify private security firms for deputy police powers to fill in the expected security vacuum as a result of the UNMIL drawdown.
The 9th SEGAL Annual Retreat was attended by some high profile dignitaries including Justice Philip A. Z. Banks, Mr. Dorbor Jallah of PPCC, former NSA boss Cllr. Freddie Taylor, Political Counselor at the Chinese Embassy Hon. Pang Hanzhao, among others.
The event started with a grand parade along the principal streets of Buchanan, followed by three days of deliberations on topics outlined above and a football friendly match between Bassa and SEGAL. It was climaxed with a dinner ball where several officers were awarded with certificates.