Security sector stakeholders have called for a new approach to security threats which they say have changed significantly.
The call has become necessary as the National Stakeholder Summit on ‘Protection of Nigeria’s Critical Infrastructure, Monuments and Commercial Assets’ is to be held in Abuja from February 28, according to the event’s Coordinating Committee. .
The summit, which is a private/public sector partnership, aims to galvanize accountability and synergy for the prioritization of multi-agency/joint risk management efforts to ensure the security and resilience of Nigeria’s critical national assets, in accordance with the National Protection Policy and Strategy 2022 (CNAINPPS 2022) risk management framework.
In a statement released by the Head of the Coordinating Committee Secretariat, Dr. Chiakor Alfred, he said the initiative is also in line with the National Critical Infrastructure Bill under consideration.
Chiakor said the past two decades had clearly demonstrated that the nature of Nigeria’s security threats had changed significantly.
He said, “Structural challenges, such as the systematic vandalization, degradation and destruction of Nigeria’s critical national infrastructure, monuments and commercial assets; terrorism, insurgency, cybercrime, banditry, kidnapping, piracy, oil bunkering, drug trafficking and other forms of organized crime, have created an entirely new security environment. Nigeria now faces more security threats that have different characteristics from conventional military conflicts between states.
“The gross expansion of the contours that define security borders makes it imperative to recognize the ecosystemic dimensions of the threats that threaten us daily and in all their forms.
“The widespread and intense vandalism and destruction of Nigeria’s infrastructure and assets prompted the call to arms of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR – President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Armed Forces, Intelligence Center and security and to all Nigerians for seeing it as a patriotic duty to ensure maximum vigilance and shared responsibility in the protection and security of these assets and platforms at all stages of their life cycle.
Chiakor, who is also the head of strategic planning and innovations at the Ashcraft Center for Social Science Research, said Summit projections include revamping relevant legislation; and the strategic roadmap for harnessing expert knowledge and nationwide technical support for Nigeria’s deterrence, codified response strategy and critical asset recovery architecture.
“The Summit further aims to deepen advocacy; Leverage expert/operational knowledge and technical support at the national level to enhance deterrence, threat mitigation and desired security outcomes; and maintain confidence building through strong interface with all stakeholders including the National Assembly and National Assembly of Nigeria; armed forces, security and intelligence agencies; Statutory Regulators in the various sectors of Nigeria’s productive economy; Investors/ Business Owners; Infrastructure and Asset Operators; professional and civil society organisations; the traditional institution, socio-cultural and pressure groups, etc. “, he added.