Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Trains Army Civil Military Desk Officers, Journalists And Human Rights Advocates, Preach Collaboration

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By Archibong Jeremiah

Civil Military Legal Desk officers of the Nigerian Army, investigative journalists and human rights advocates have been trained by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on benefits of collaborating while protecting the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

The 3-day workshop which was held in Lagos State was described as “apt” by Hon. Abdulrasak Sa’ad Namdas, member House of Representatives and Chairman Army Committee during his keynote address.

He pledged to support the army in ensuring that while supporting in the civil space, human rights are protected and not infringed upon. He maintained that the army is becoming more receptive than ever.

Daniel Mann of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung while welcoming participants noted that Nigerians are in need of collaborative efforts to overcome most of its security challenges.

Mann said success can only be achieved through synergy by the army and key players in the sector. He urged the trainees to ensure the outcome of the workshop is visible in their duties.

The resource persons include Dr. Freedom Onuoha, Mr. Salaudeen Hashim, Mr. Gerald Okafor, Mrs. Ruth Olofin, and Mr. Paul Gwaza.

Mr. Salaudeen Hashim took participants through the concept and background of the training and spoke on protection of civilians and civilians harm mitigation.

Mr. Gerald Okafor after presenting an overview of Civil Military Relationship (CMR)  talked about democratic accountability mechanisms.

Mr. Paul Gwaza’s presentation was on legal framework, accountability and human rights enforcement frameworks. He also did experience sharing.

Dr. Freedom Onuoha taught the role of civil society and civilians in improving civil military relations or civil security.

Mrs. Ruth Olofin taught about human rights and human rights desk officers.

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