Experts brainstorm on security challenges in West Africa

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The foundation says the perception that security agents aggravate conflicts bothers the international community

Bothered about the increasing security challenges in West Africa, security and governance experts drawn from over six countries are to discuss how to stem the challenges with a view to driving development in the sub-region.

The Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, CF, Oluwakemi Okenyodo, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said the experts would specifically exchange opinions on a study carried out by a firm, Altus
Global Alliance, on conflicts and security governance in West Africa.

The countries from which the experts and participants are drawn include Liberia, Ghana, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso.

Dignitaries from the international community including the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, the U.K. Department for International Development, DFID, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic
Control of Armed Forces, DCAF, the African Security Sector Network, ASSN, and the Ford Foundation, would also participate in the security

Ms. Okenyodo said the widely held perception that security personnel aggravate conflicts while trying to quell armed violence was raising concerns in the international community.

She said the research carried out by renowned experts is likely to
pave the way for a security blueprint for security interventions in West Africa and other parts of the continent.

“Over the years the perception is that security personnel may have
aggravated conflicts in the some areas,” Ms. Okenyodo said.

“But the study also reveals that security personnel have developed good practices for security engagements in the region.

“As a result, a good practice guide for security interventions in
conflict zones will be distilled from this research based on the
findings of the Study and opinions elicited from stakeholders in the
conference,” she said.

The director said the National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, would address the three-day conference which would commence on Tuesday; while the Chairperson of Altus Global Alliance, Pramod Kumar and Regional Representative of Ford foundation, Innocent Chukwuma, would give opening remarks.


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