At the recently organised Public lecture by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Lagos State Chapter, titled: “Physical Security Measures: Engineering as a Force Multiplier’’, Engr Colonel Godwin Sunmola has urged the Nigerian Engineers to evolve designs capable of protecting national infrastructures from abuse in the spate of nation’s dwindling nation’s financial resources. He also challenged the Professional bodies to up their games in capacity development in Security Engineering.
Colonel Godwin Sunmola, (retired), who is the Head of Security Services, First Bank Nig. Ltd., said that it’s high time the engineers fashioned out techniques that would discourage vandalisation or accidental disruption of the nation’s infrastructure as well as improve the safety of Nigerians.
According to Sunmola,who is also a member of NIMechE and a fellow of the NSE, the engineers have major role to play in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.
“The purpose of critical infrastructure protection is to build capabilities and competences to strengthen physical and information technology facilities, networks, services and assets.’’
He noted that terrorism and other forms of violence usually put the nation’s infrastructure and individual assets at risk and that engineers can protect these facilities through appropriate security designs.
He urged that “engineers must, at the design stage, take cognisance of the requirements to deter, detect, deny, delay and defend the products.”
“These are the five-Ds of physical security measures. It is our job to design, build and maintain security infrastructure. Our design must, however, focus on security aspects to achieve the purpose for which physical security policy is formulated,’’ the he said.
He also stated that security engineering was a fast-growing field, which nations were using to enhance physical security and that Nigerian engineers should key into this trend.
According to him, if disrupted or destroyed, infrastructure will have negative impact on the health, safety, security and economic well being of the citizens.
Sunmola was of the view that physical security engineering demanded that various security gadgets, machines and men should work together to provide security, stating that attacks on critical infrastructure could disrupt the functioning of government and businesses, and negatively impact on the society.
He categorised critical infrastructure protection under three categories; cyber protection, physical protection and emergency protection and that physical protection, which is the focus of the lecture, include the use of video surveillance, access control devices and intruder alarms, among others.
He however stated that security Engineering sector is currently dominated by foreigners and thus challenged the engineers to tap into the vast opportunities in the sector for national building.
Distinguished personalities at the event include; Engr Abdullai Audu Sule, Acting GMD Dangote Sugar Refinery Who was the Special guest of Honour, Engr Akinteye Joseph, Vice president, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Akin Akintola, NSE Ikeja Branch, Engr Johanna Maduka, President, Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Engr Babagana Muhammad, former Vice President NSE, Engr Tunde Zedomi, Past President NIMechE, Engr Moyosore Chairman NSE, Victoria Island, Dr Akinpelu Shogunle and host of others.