More news & features
- Reflections and thank-you from Pilgrims Group
- Pilgrims Group Wins Contract to Operate Security Facility for British High Commission in Nigeria
- Pilgrims Afghanistan project wins SEA award for International Achievement
- Pilgrims Academy throws open its doors in series of new Open Days
- Pilgrims Academy provides essential cover for Rescue Training
- Pilgrims Group gives Emergency Services a Training Day to Remember
- Fieri and Pilgrims Academy Partnership to Build Future Leaders
- Pilgrims Group Strengthens Salalah Methanol’s Procedures with Best Practice Crisis Management Plan
- Pilgrims Group Training Academy Expands Safety Training Provision
- Australian High Commission and the British Council enlist Pilgrims in Nigeria
- Pilgrims rolls out medical training for any eventuality
- Pilgrims Group earns the global best-practice award, PSC.1
- Feeling safe in an unsafe world
- » View full article list
Published: January 14, 2016
Pilgrims Group has opened a new purpose-built HQ in Lagos.
The newly renovated, modern facility houses a state-of-the-art control room and new meeting and board rooms, as well as providing the base for local security teams. The HQ block, known as Independence Hall, depicts a lot of history as it was where the signing of Nigeria’s independence took place with Queen Elizabeth. It is conveniently located next to the well-known, 5-star Sun International’s Federal Palace Hotel (a Pilgrims client since 2009), with easy access to the Lagos harbour.
Pilgrims Group first began working in Nigeria in 2007, starting in a small office in Victoria Island with just 10 staff offering consultancy and journey management. Since then, the operation has grown and developed to provide a full portfolio of security services to businesses, including manned guarding, training, fleet management and maritime services.
While national operations are run from Lagos, there are also regional Pilgrims centres in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano. In total, around 404 local staff and 13 expatriate staff support the needs of clients, as well as around 500 guards and a dedicated MOPOL team to provide armed response. (The country’s Mobile Police Force, which can take over operations of major crisis where conventional police units cannot cope).
Pilgrims Africa’s Managing Director, Cobus Claassens, commented: “Our new HQ gives us much greater capacity and ability to serve our clients’ needs, as well as to expand our operations and services in-country. It is a major step forward and reflects our confidence and commitment to our work here."