June 11, 2024

ASIS int’l retreat identifies good governance as key to mitigating insecurity

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By Etop Ekanem

Experts and practitioners at the recent leadership retreat, organized by ASIS International Chapter 206 Lagos in Abeokuta, Ogun State, emphasized that good governance is crucial for addressing Nigeria’s insecurity issues.

The 2024 leadership retreat facilitated networking, focused learning, camaraderie, and knowledge sharing among its members. The event, themed “Hard and Soft Security: Addressing Threats with Focus on Human and National Development in Nigeria,” was attended by industry leaders, seasoned professionals, and key policymakers, aiming to develop effective security strategies for national stability.

In his keynote address, General Lucky Irabor (retd), the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff of Nigeria, called for a new approach to tackling insecurity.

“We must review our security strategies to adopt a human security perspective. Good governance must be integrated into managing security. Physical security, which has garnered most attention, is only a part of the issue. The root causes of physical insecurity, which are linked to governance, awareness, national orientation, and education, need to be addressed,” he stated.

 The Chairperson of ASIS International, Lagos Chapter 206, Mrs. Joko Olanitori, stressed that beyond heavy national spending on physical security, addressing hunger and infrastructural deficits is essential. “if we ensure food security and improve infrastructure, the challenges of physical security will be easier to manage.”

Guest Speaker, Senator Adeniyi Adegbonmire (SAN) counselled that the various private security sector bodies in the country should unite under one umbrella organization to present a common front capable of working with the nation’s legislative body to resolve operational issues.

The retreat featured breakout sessions, health talks, golfing, and other games, as well as visits to the famous Olumo Rock in Abeokuta.

Notable attendees included ASIS International Board Member, Wilson Esangbedo; ASIS International Foundation member, Mrs. Elizabeth Yakubu; ASIS Regional Vice President, Mr. Reuben Odum; ASIS Assistant Regional Vice President, Mr. Peter Okoloh; ASIS SARAC member, Dr. Wale Adeagbo; Major General Adekunle Shodunke (retd) and many others.