A private security firm, Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), has concluded a two-weekend intensive security training for 25 personnel of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) in Paynesville, Montserrado County.
The training was done in collaboration with the LBS Management as a means to build the national broadcaster’s security personnel capacity, in order to provide the necessary protection for the entity.
Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo, who served as keynote speaker at an elaborate program, called for the training of private security entities in Liberia to be synchronized and standardized.
The program was held over the weekend at the LBS Compound in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
Sen. Zargo said the training will not only allow private security personnel in the country to just undergo any training for that matter, because this synchronized and standardized approach will be done through the Justice Ministry.
“The involvement of national security actors like the Liberia National Police and the National Security Agency in the recruitment of private sector officers is cardinal. This is so because police is better, if not best, situated to make an informed determination as to the character of persons being recruited in the private security sector. The police can use its huge database and widespread network to point out [as a result of background checks] persons who may not be suited for recruitment in the private security sector,” he said.
Sen. Zargo said that he is working with his colleagues at the Senate to create a regulatory framework that would regulate the conduct of the country’s private security industry.
He said when all of the criteria have been met, it can be further recommended that government also allocate budgetary support to delegate personnel from the national security sector to facilitate the training of the private security recruits.
Sen. Zargo thanked LBS Management for building the capacity of its security personnel as it is vital to the institution’s development and will enhance effectiveness and efficiency of the security service delivery at LBS as well as the community in which it is located.
He also praised the personnel of LBS Security Department for making themselves available for the training, in order to improve their performances.
LBS Deputy Director General for Administration, Estelle Liberty–Kemoh, called on the trainers to put in practice what they have acquired.
“You must be vigilant in the discharge of your duty, because you have been transformed. Therefore, go beyond in checking all the cars that will be leaving the compound, to include my myself,” Madam Kemoh said.
SEGAL General Director, Momo Cyrus, assured the management that the collaboration between the LBS and SEGAL will be sustained.
LIBSWU’s President, G. Moses K. Dorbor, extolled the management for building the capacity of the security personnel, and called on them to consider building the capacity of other staff.
Mr. Dorbor hailed Mr. Momo for being a friend to the LBS through the numerous assistance he and his entity continue to render the national broadcaster.
LBS Chief of Security, Chea Brapoh, applauded the management for collaborating with SEGAL to train them, but appealed for the training to continue.