National Conference on The Role Of Nigeria’s Security Agencies In The Covid-19 Pandemic Environment Held At The National Defense College

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REPORT ON THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ROLE OF NIGERIA’S SECURITY AGENCIES IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ENVIRONMENT HELD AT THE NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE, ABUJA ON 2ND DECEMBER, 2020

AGED-NETWORK in collaboration with the National Defense College (NDC) through the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (CSRS) on the 2ND December, 2020 convened a conference at the Abacha hall, National Defense College which attracted participants from different government Agencies, Ministries and Relevant Private Sectors.
Three papers were presented at the conference, they are as follows;

  • Nigeria’s Security Agencies and Management of Covid-19 Pandemic by Nnamdi K. Obasi
  • Beyond Covid-19: Improving Relations Between Security Agencies and Civilian Populace in Nigeria by Dr. Danladi E. Bot
  • Security Agencies in Global Response to Covid-19 Pandemic: Roles and Issues by Brig Gen ZL Abubakar
OPENING REMARKS
The conference was declared open by the Commandant, National Defense College, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri. The present of AGED-NETWORK, Dr. Majidadi Bala Kontagora also gave an opening speech. The Special Guest of honor HRH, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar was ably represented by the Emir of Karshi HRH, Alhaji Ismaila Danladi Mohammed.
OBSERVATIONS

The following observations were made during the presentation and discussion of the papers.

  • There was utilization of military assets by the security agencies for the pandemic management
  • The was rapid increase in the human right violations during the pandemic due to inadequate expertise of security agencies in handling humanitarian issues by
  • Security personnel were exposed to the virus due to inadequate personal protective equipment.
  • The processes of enforcing quarantine measures resulted in the infringement of democratic rights of civilians.
  • There was inadequate gender sensitivity in the deployment of personnel and general management of the pandemic by security agencies.
RECOMMENDATIONS
  • The Federal Government should invest in the strengthening security agencies on the management of pandemics and health emergencies.
  • The Federal Government should increase investment in national approaches that will improve the capabilities of security agencies.
  • Security agencies should mainstream human rights standards into their operational responses.
  • Security agencies should be gender sensitive by including women in decision making process.
  • Security agencies should develop pandemic contingency plans in line with their constitutional mandates.
  • The Federal Government should through the National Orientation Agency should strengthen existing programs to rebuild confidence between security personnel and the populace.
  • Security personnel should encourage citizen compliance through persuasion before the use of force.
CONCLUSION
There were about 120 participants at the conference, breakfast and lunch was served. The conference around 4pm.

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