ONGWEDIVA, 17 AUG – The Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) preparatory committee has recruited 198 security guards from five companies to ensure safety and security at this year’s show.
This came to light during the parade of the guards held at the OATF ground on Thursday. The guards are drawn from local security companies – Gwaandani Security Service (SS), Namibia Protection Service, Waakali SS, Shikuvule SS and Triple One SS.
Addressing the guards during the parade, a member of the preparatory committee, Andreas Uutoni emphasised that all exhibitors and visitors should be ensured of utmost safety and security throughout the course of the fair.
He warned the guards, especially those who will be responsible for revenue collections, to refrain from collaborating with criminals by providing inside information.
Uutoni boasted that the OATF management has the capacity to detect and deal with any guard making him or herself guilty of providing information to criminals.
“We want professionalism and you should serve as one team,” stressed Uutoni, who is also the Oshana regional councillor for the Ongwediva Constituency, further saying the guards should know the country’s leaders and give them respect when they visit the trade fair.
In addition, he called on the guards to refrain from reckless use of a firearm in the execution of their duties.
“Use a firearm only when a life is in immediate danger and do not shoot, for instance, at a child who just entered the showground by climbing over the wall,” said Uutoni.
The 2018 OATF starts on 24 August to run until 01 September, and not 03 September as reported earlier.