Academy Halogen Chief Operating Officer, Wale Adeagbo, has charged students and industry professionals to seek knowledge in security management in order to curb the challenges of insecurity.
Adeagbo made this known during the school’s first ever matriculation for the advance diploma students in Lagos.
The COO said 37 students matriculated and that the advance diploma program was initiated to fill the gap between those in operations and those who were had yet to be in top management due to their lack of competence.
He said, “We launched a couple of program with Babcock University; we have in place a certificate in security management and a diploma in security management. We have also launched the MBA in security management for corporate executives in the field.
“What we recognized is that there is a gap between those in operations and those who have yet to be in top management, in terms of their competency, skills and other requirements. Therefore, we have created the advance diploma to bridge that gap for middle managers in transition to senior management in the sector so that we can equip them with the right set of skills and knowledge.”
He added, “Technology and digitization are disrupting the security architecture and the language in security is now about enterprise security risk management, which is how do we want to ensure that security speaks to the heart and soul of business and corporate organisations, both in the private and the public spheres.
“Therefore, the main content of what they will learn is how technology can now be employed to security and how security can start to be situated to the strategic discussion in the corporate environment.”
One of the discussants and Chief Security Officer, Sahara Power, Mike Igbodike, who said the students had taken the right step to seek knowledge in security, charged the government to bring in people who had been trained in the private sector to contribute to the national security of the country.
He stated, “The security industry has reached a place where we need certification, unlike in the past when security was a trade for anybody to go into. Certification increases the opportunities in terms of placement for jobs. It is also an advantage for Nigeria, because at the end of the day, the private sector is going to be seen moving in the same direction with the government.”