Private security firm, SGA Security, has recognized the roles played by women in security as frontline workers in a bid to reinforce the correlation between diversity and business success.
In an activity dubbed, ‘Beyond the call of duty’, the employees were tasked to participate in an online voting procedure, where they were required to choose the best female guard with a proven record of demonstrated courage, commitment and going an extra mile to assist members of the public in their line of duty.
Out of the five selected participants, 30-year-old Mercy Naliaka emerged the winner, garnering 1,923 votes (responses) out of 2,066 cast votes. Naliaka, now renowned as a heroine by her colleagues for aiding the client in her place of operation to put out a fire caused by a generator using the installed fire extinguisher. She has been applauded for her swift response, as no one was injured during the incident and the business premise was not damaged. In her 9 years work experience at SGA, the guardette has worked for the same customer, JINBEN Investments, who value her hard work and result-driven attributes.
SGA Group Security Manager Peter Kinyanjui said the fete comes in the wake of COVID- 19 pandemic where security associations have lobbied the government for guards’ recognition, as frontline workers for playing double roles in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Most guards’ stations have since been converted into a triage, where the guards are sighted checking temperatures and enforcing handwashing, while they fulfil their traditional roles, in ensuring safety for customers’ homes and businesses.
Kinyanjui said that the exercise was an internal customer centric approach used to guide the process of selecting the ‘super woman’ as the company dedicated the month of May to celebrate all female guards who double up their motherhood roles at their respective homes.
Other female guards were also acknowledged for their resilience despite the challenges experienced in a perceived male-dominated field.