HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE correspondents, ODUNAYO ADENEYE & KIKELOMO ONIGBANJO had a chat with Mbong Friday, a corporate security personnel, who still wishes to further his education and one day become a successful businessman like Dangote. He spoke on the risks involved in securing lives and property. Excerpts;
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: INTRODUCTION
Mbong Friday: My name is Mbong Friday. I am from Cross-River State. I am single.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW DID YOU BECOME A SECURITY PERSONNEL?
Mbong Friday: Ever since I rounded up my secondary school education, I have been financially-incapacitated, so I felt rather than just sitting down idle, unemployed, let me get a job. That was how I joined this security agency I work for.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: DO YOU STILL HAVE PLANS TO FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION?
Mbong Friday: Yes
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: SINCE WHEN HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AS A SECURITY PERSONNEL?
Mbong Friday: It’s almost a year and four months now.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: WHEN DID YOU GRADUATE FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL?
Mbong Friday:I graduated in 2008.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: YOU BECAME A SECURITY PERSONNEL IN LESS THAN 2 YEARS. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IN BETWEEN THOSE YEARS?
Mbong Friday: Since I couldn’t further my education and couldn’t get a job, I resorted to selling of recharge cards for different network providers, before joining this security outfit.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED IN LAGOS?
Mbong Friday: Yes, I have always lived in Lagos all my life.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: OUT OF THE POOL OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE, WHY DID YOU SETTLE FOR SECURITY?
Mbong Friday: I didn’t have enough money to continue the recharge card business, so rather than just sit down at home, I decided to get a job and it was a security job.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR HIGH & LOW MOMENTS AS A SECURITY PERSONNEL?
Mbong Friday: If you do not understand the basic rudiment of safe-guarding people and their property, you would encounter a whole lot of challenges with your employer and even your work station.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: DID YOUR COMPANY TRAIN YOU AFTER THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS?
Mbong Friday: Yes, we had a one-month training on security basics, before they posted us to our different workstations.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: ARE YOU ALLOWED TO USE OR CARRY WEAPONS?
Mbong Friday: No, we are not.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: IS YOUR COMPANY PARA-MILITARY?
Mbong Friday: Hmmmm….Our training was like that of Man-O-War training oooo
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: WHAT PERSONAL CHALLENGES HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED AS A SECURITY PERSONNEL?
Mbong Friday: I have a lot of issues with guest or customers, who just want to barge into the premises without any prior appointments. If you try to interrogate them, they just prove stubborn.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HAVE YOU EVER WITNESSED A ROBBERY INCIDENT OR MISSING ITEM SITUATION?
Mbong Friday: No, I haven’t witnessed any of such incidences; I was only told by my predecessor that something like that happened before I came.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW IS YOUR WORK MODALITY LIKE?
Mbong Friday: We operate a 24 hour shift model; I get 2 free days in a week.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW WOULD YOU ACCESS THE SECURITY SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY?
Mbong Friday: Let the government equip the soldiers on the battle ground with sophisticated equipment.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: YOU SAID YOU WOULD LIKE TO FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION, WHAT COURSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO STUDY IN THE HIGHER INSTITUTION?
Mbong Friday: I would love to study Business Administration.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: WHY BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND NOT SOMETHING RELATED TO CRIMINOLOGY OR INVESTIGATION?
Mbong Friday: Well, I love business; buying and selling is my passion.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: WHO IS YOUR MENTOR, SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO?
Mbong Friday: Hmmmm…..well, in business, that would be Dangote (Aliko)…. General laughter.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW SUSTAINABLE IS YOUR SALARY?
Mbong Friday: It hasn’t been easy, but I try to plan and manage myself. I am happy I even have a job. I earn #30,000 and I still try to save. Transport isn’t much, I live at Iyana-Oworo.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
Mbong Friday: I try to buy something for myself. I don’t drink, smoke nor do women? I believe they are just a distraction to my ultimate goal in life, coupled with the fact, that I am also a Christian.