The Ondo State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Hammed Abodunrin has revealed plans to train journalists in the state on personal security.
The State Commandant disclosed this on Sunday during his visit to the office of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union Journalist (NUJ) in Akure.
He said it is very obligatory for members of the public, especially media practitioners, to be security conscious.
Abodunrin, who explained that the Commandant-General of the NSCDC had told them to start security training for members of the public, said that nobody should be too elitist, cosmopolitan, big or old to learn.
Hammed said journalists and security agents are doing the same work because they both look for information.
“But the only difference is, while the media is looking for information to publish, security operatives are looking for information to process.
“And there is the need for us to upscale the security of everybody, particularly the media who would be reporting so many things, including criminal activities of the people.
“Also, in reporting political parties campaigns, politicians and many others, journalists have been losing their members to the cold hand of death.
“It will also help us to know what journalists can do to enhance their own profession; what are the little skills we can display if we are attacked, among other security tips for our benefits,” he said.
He said that the training would be part of self defense tactic, and “it doesn’t matter about our age or size”.
“The best form of security anybody can provide is the one you provide for yourself and the worst of security is feeling that you are not secure,” he said.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Correspondents’ Chapel, Tope Fayehun, thanked Abodunrin for his promises, and assured him of total support from the body.
“Let me assure you that we will do all we can, within the limits of our own resources and the ethics of our profession, to support you,” he said.