Pilgrims Africa Ltd has landed a two-year deal to provide security and risk services to American multi-national retailer, Walmart Stores Inc in Nigeria.
Following the shocking terrorist attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya in 2013, and the more recent attacks carried out by Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria, the risks to the nation are very real, requiring heightened security measures that incorporate both a practical and intelligent approach.
The contract in support of Nigeria’s largest-ever shopping mall, Ado Bayero Mall in the city of Kano is with overall security contractor Omega Security Solutions. The mall has around 85 stores, three cinemas and covers an area of 33,000 square metres.
Whilst this is the first time that Pilgrims has worked with Walmart, the company has worked for some time with other retailers in Nigeria and also has a relationship with USA government departments in Africa.
Pilgrims Africa managing director, Cobus Claassens, commented:
“Pilgrims Africa was established in 2008 when we started working in the Nigerian capital of Lagos, so we have vast experience of the country, the challenges and our clients’ needs. We already had a three year contract with the mall developers, Beverly, to provide a total security solution and technical support, so we were in a strong position to also support individual retailers.”
Under the terms of the deal, Pilgrims will be responsible for Walmart’s six stores operating under the brand names of Game and ValueMart, providing secure serviced furnished accommodation, journey management, dedicated fleet vehicles, manned guarding and some specific support to the Mobile Nigerian Police Force. Technical support will include alarm installation/monitoring, CCTV installation/monitoring, guard monitoring system and armed response.
“As part of our role in support of the mall, we will be providing highly trained reaction teams at all entrances and exits who can respond immediately to any incident. The use of handheld metal detectors, baggage X-ray machines and other specialist equipment to ensure those entering are searched, will also form part of the picture. We are continually evaluating the threat in Nigeria and to our clients and introducing the latest use of technology to minimise threats.”