By Ishola Balogun
The Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) has said that building a robust and viable partnership with the Nigerian military would enhance the military’s capability to keep Nigeria safe from internal and external threats.
Speaking in Lagos recently while presenting a leadership award to Major General Henry Edet, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Nigerian Army, the President of the Association, Dr. Ona Ekhomu said the value proposition of the partnership was “increased security skills, knowledge and abilities” for service members. Ekhomu urged the military chief to encourage army officers and men to enrol in recognized security certification programmes in order to obtain credentials that can demonstrate superior knowledge in security operation, security management and professional investigations.
He informed the military chief that in other countries such as the USA, military officers obtain Certified Protection Officer (CPO) designation, Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) designation to enhance their professionalism and “create opportunities for post-military employment”.
In his response, General Edet said that cooperation and collaboration with a professional body like AISSON was a good example of civil – military cooperation. He urged the officers and members of AISSON to form a credible “think-tank” that can research critical security issues and proffer solutions to the government.