Prison Service: Expert Advocates Public Private Partnership

RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE.

The Managing Director of Halogen Security Company Limited, Mr. Wale Olaoye has advocated for a public private partnership scheme in the management of the Nigeria prison system.
He contended that the approach would assist government to save public fund, which can be invested in other sphere of the economy.
Olaoye, who made the position known in an interactive session with members of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), also said that the approach would go a long way to help standardise the prison system in Nigeria. 
The security expert pointed out that the scheme has being in operation in advance countries for decades, asserting that it would help in no small measure to bail government out of its financial backwardness in funding the prison service.
While commending the Lagos State Government for introducing the State Security Trust Fund, which he said has been a great source of finance security agencies in the state, Olaoye maintained that such a fund would greatly enhance the management of the prison service if introduced by the federal government.
His words, ‘’ One better way I think our prison service can be better managed and funded is through a public private partnership. This I believe  it will help to standardise the system and save the federal government fund that can be invested in other sector of the economy. This approach is being adopted in most of the advance countries and I believe it is possible in Nigeria”.
Olaoye, who also spoke on the Act establishing the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), asserted that there was an urgent need for it to be amended.
The Act, which he said is only limited to the business of guarding of property, according to him, does not capture the broad and wide range of the private security operations.
“There  is an urgent need to amend the Act establishing the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) in order to meet up with the development in private security business. The Act that established the Corp only focused on guarding of property, but many innovations have been introduced into the business, which called for the Act to be amended in order to meet up with the modern development in the private security business world”, Olaoye stressed. 
 While speaking on the importance and necessity of the private security company in Nigeria, the Halogen Security Company boss stated that the issue of protecting lives and property has gone beyond what police alone can do, hence the need for assistance to compliment their efforts.
His words, ” The Nigeria police can not succeed alone, that is why the private security company has to come in. We have help the police in the area of capacity building and crime fighting the way it should be”.
Disclosing that Halogen Security Company would mark its 25 years of existence by October 2017, the company boss explained that it was established with the aim of transforming the landscape of private security services in the country, adding that its services have however transcend that. 
Adding that its training institute has trained over a million Nigerians as professionals in the field of security, Olaoye informed that they include security directors of MTN Telecommunication Service, British American Tobacco among others.
” We have 17,000 staff in our employment, we have churned out over a million Nigerians from our training institute, security directors of MTN, BATN inclusive and we also engage in capacity building. That is our own contribution to the local private security sector”, he also added.
Olaoye also implored Nigeria journalists to focus on issues that would make the country prosperous, adding that portraying the country in bad light through media reportage will not enhance its progress.
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