Managing Director of PG Security, Mr Seyi Alaba has charged the football authorities in Nigeria to focus more on the security of spectators at match venues.
Alaba made the admonition while speaking at the 2018 Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Oyo State chapter’s public lecture tagged: ‘Security at Football Match Venues’ held on Monday at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.
He stated that security of spectators should be paramount by the football authorities, as he advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other football league organisers to have stewards at match venues and be equipped with necessary gadgets to make their job easier.
“I believe we should have enough security personnel at match venues to cater for the number of spectators at the stadium. Every football match requires security and safety measures which have to be agreed by the local Security and Safety Advisory Group (SSAG), a body which is made up of members from respective football clubs, the local police, fire brigade, ambulance service and sports authorities.
“If any party cannot provide a service that would ensure the safety and security of the event, then it would be up to the SSAG chairperson to decide whether that event should go ahead or not.
“In Nigeria, the use of Professional Licensed Private Security Outfit could be considered for efficacy and safety of football matches. A good example was during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa 2010, quite a number of private security outfit were used. The security and safety of the event were rated one of the best in recent times,” Alaba said.
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In his remarks, Oyo State SWAN chairman, Mr Niyi Alebiosu thanked the PG Security boss for the lecture, as he charged the authorities to put logistics in place that will always enable sports writers to carry out their legitimate functions at stadia without any form of fears.