Journalists, Civic Activists’ Trained On Security Sector Reform And Democratic Issues

In Breaking News, Civic Space, Crime

By Archibong Jeremiah

A 3-day workshop aimed at boosting journalists and civic activists’ capacity in covering, reporting and working in the Nigerian security sector has ended in Lagos State.

The workshop is part of the European Union/Friedrich Ebert Stiftung project, security for all: promoting democratic governance and inclusive security measures through the engagement of civil society organisations in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon and the wider ECOWAS region.

Day one, participants were taken through security challenges and security sector reform by Mrs. Olunukola Ademola-Adelehin. She focused on key concepts, security challenges, violent extremism and radicalism: the state of play in Africa and Nigeria.

Olubukola also narrowed her topic to giving a background of security sector reform in Nigeria, human security issues, respect for human rights (examples from Africa and Nigeria) and challenges.

Dr. Freedom Onuoha dealt with democratic governance of the security sector, narrowing his paper to citizen control of security sector reform in Nigeria and gender and security sector governance reform leadership of women in the defence and security forces in Nigeria (comparisons).

Freedom, whose paper spilled over to day two, shed more light into the role of regional organisations in security sector governance reform with focus on ECOWAS.

On his part, Iroegbu Senator took the participants through technical elements and good practices with focus on investigation and fieldwork techniques in a fragile security context and analysis of a production model.

His paper also touched research and information gathering techniques in the field of SSR and analysis of a production model.

Day three, tools for analysis and processing of security information and production analysis was simplified by Mr. Murtala Abdullahi.

Mrs. Augusta Akparantaemenogu spoke on ethical and deontological behaviour.

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