Lagos State chairman of ASIS International, Oluwaseyi Adetayo, has called on the Federal Government to review existing laws on security in the country.
Speaking in Lagos at an ASIS international conference, he noted that the laws and regulations guiding the security sub-sector needed to be overhauled to suit current realities.
ASIS International, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is an organisation for security professionals.
It issues various certifications, standards and guidelines for the industry.
“The laws used then cannot be effectively compared with today’s situations.
Things have imperatively changed,” Adetayo stated, adding that the growing security challenges in the land had remained a major concern to both government and security operatives.
“There is need for serious regulation of the security sub-sector to effectively tackle insurgency and other challenges facing the country.
Also, government needs to work closely with private security agencies to complement its efforts in this regard.”
According to Adetayo, “Safety cannot be assured in a poor and unsafe environment, as economy and security work together. For the economy to develop, we need to address all issues impeding its growth.
“Once the economy is poor, there will be unemployment and increase in crime rate.”
Chief Executive Officer of ASIS International, Peter O’Neil, noted that the non-governmental organisation (NGO) had proffered solutions to insecurity challenges in several countries across the globe.
“We have come to Africa, Nigeria to proffer solutions to insurgency in this part of the world.
And we are very happy to contribute our own part in Nigerian government’s efforts to address the security problems in the country,” he said.