Barely one year after jointly hosting a successful National Security Summit, the Nigeria Police and The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun, Sunday Sun and SportingSun, are set for another outing. With the theme, “Effective Policing: New Strategies to Combating Insecurity,” the second edition of the National Security Summit holds before the end of the year.
The two institutions had hosted the first edition of the Summit on August 17, 2015, which had President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.
Revealing the plan to host the second security summit yesterday, after paying a courtesy visit to the Force Headquarters to congratulate the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, said there was need to extend the scope of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to issues that bother on global and national security.
“We are the Voice of the Nation and we are passionate about utilising our widely read newspapers to stimulate discourse on contemporary national security challenges and provide a collective voice towards achieving a multifaceted approach to proffering lasting solution to insecurity,” Osagie said.
The Acting IGP had, during the meeting with Osagie, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, noting that policing was the responsibility of all. He underlined the need for the meeting of relevant stakeholders to make informed input into concerted efforts of the police and other security agencies to ensure a safer Nigeria.
The first edition of the police/The Sun National Security Summit had the theme: “The Community Partnership Approach to Internal Security and Crime Management.” The summit attracted all relevant stakeholders, from the top brass of the police and the country’s political leaders, to pre-eminent traditional rulers and the academia. It recommended community policing as a panacea to the problem of insecurity in the country.
President Buhari had, at the summit, announced the Federal Government’s intention to recruit 10, 000 fresh police officers and to establish a well-trained and equipped anti-terrorism and multi-agency task force to address the challenge of insurgency in the country. The recruitment exercise in the police is on-going.
He had promised to enhance the operational capacity of policemen through a training programme that would give them a civil orientation, with the view to enabling them perform their roles effectively.
The summit was timely and successful in raising not only the awareness that security should be the concern of all citizens, but also in proposing far-reaching recommendations for the enhancement of security and effective policing of Nigeria.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, it was acknowledged that there was need to bridge the gap and restore trust between the police and communities, and to motivate Nigerians to see security as a collective responsibility.