Editorial: We Agree with SEGAL

We Agree with SEGAL

On 21 February 2018, the Progressive Students Alliance of Liberia (PROSAL) honored the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL). According to PROSAL, it did a thorough research to find the rightful entrepreneur in the security sector to award. PROSAL considered SEGAL as Liberia’s premier private security company, which has positively impacted the lives of many Liberians through the Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS) introduced by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

PROSAL says ‘SEGAL continuously supports all development agendas introduced by the Executive Branch of government in view of improving the lives of the ordinary Liberians’. For its part, SEGAL reaffirms that it remains tremendously committed to working with President George Weah to achieve his Pro-poor agenda, which is intended to vigorously improve the lives of the ordinary struggling Liberian masses.

The top private security agency used the award ceremonies to remind national stake actors that the private security industry plays a major role in the maintenance of peace and security in Liberia. SEGAL therefore recognized that continuous collaboration with proper coordination amongst private security entities on the one hand, and national security institutions on the other is necessary to maintaining the peace that Liberians and other residents enjoy.

We agree that the private security industry consistently assists national security by taking the lead in community policing, and intervention that helps to prevent and thwart crimes in our various communities. We also agree that SEGAL and other private security institutions are impacting some underprivileged or destitute Liberians by providing them jobs, which give them income for themselves and their families. For instance, SEGAL alone employs more than four thousand Liberians.

We applaud SEGAL and other private security institutions that provide about 19 per cent of the labor force in Liberia. Research has indicated that there are one hundred and sixty-five (165) legitimate private security companies established and operating in the Republic. This accounts for the 19 percent labor force in the country. We think this is extremely extra-ordinary and must therefore be recognized and rewarded.

Also, we agree with SEGAL that there must be standards by which these private security agencies must be run. We therefore request government to set up a body to monitor private security institutions throughout the political landscape of Liberia to regulate and monitor their operations.

Finally, we join SEGAL to request National Government to grant the private security companies a one-half year tax break to allow them recover some of their losses in line with the Liberianization policy, and President Weah’s pro-poor policy.

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