By Stanley Onyekwere
Barely four years after its establishment, the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Marshal Guards has been granted operational licence by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
It was gathered the AMAC Marshal was established as private security outfit sometime in August, 2016, to among other things provide security services as well as work in synergy with conventional security agencies in tackling insecurity but its operations became seemly impeded by non operational licence.
Making this disclosure yesterday, AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido while handling over the licence to the Marshal General of AMAC Marshal at the Council’s Secretariat, in Garki-Abuja, said the outfit was free to go about its normal activities without any intimidation.
Candido also granted the Guards autonomous to be an independent body that would establish relationship with cooperate institutions on how to raise more resources and fund it activities.
He said, “AMAC Marshal Guards, with the operational licence, it can go and do business anywhere with any private guard, and you are free to operate as guided by the law. What is expected of us is to find sustainability and continuity to remain in business.
“AMAC Marshal is now autonomous, the company can go out and do business except in area of supervision that the council will come in. Go out and get more clients and then do business, AMAC role is to ensure that the business is running”.
He therefore called on the Marshal General to partner with institutions in order to improve the capacity and ability of the staff.
The chairman directed that founding Marshal guards should be upgraded to the next rank in line with the policies and direction of the firm, with their salary reviewed accordingly.
Furthermore, he revealed that his administration had set up four companies since it came on board in 2016, he listed them to include AMAC Marshal, AMAC Microfinance Bank, AMAC Investment and Property Development Company, all duly liecneced and functioning.
According to him, AMAC Community Radio is liecenced by the law and would soon start operation, “anytime we leave the area council we will be proud because our dreams have been fulfilled”.
Responding, the Marshal General, Kassim Chicha said the organisation would not provide security services to individuals and organised groups but will always assist security agencies in combating crime in the society.
“We will continue to work in line with the laid down rules. We will do our best”, he stressed.