[PHOTOS] STRACOMM 2022: NSCDC Expands Crisis Management Plan to Mitigate Election Crisis and Violence

[PHOTOS] STRACOMM 2022: NSCDC Expands Crisis Management Plan to Mitigate Election Crisis and Violence

The three (3) day Strategic Communications Conference for State Commanders, College Provosts and Public Relations Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) tagged “STRACOMM 2022”, which was declared open, by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), ably represented by the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, 2 November 2022 , has ended.

The conference was declared close by the Commanding General, NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, PhD, mni, OFR, on Friday, November 4, at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja, and it was rightly targeted at the various custodians and stakeholders of the Corps across the 36 State Commands and the FCT for better service delivery.

The workshop saw a galaxy of resource people who are media professionals, image dealers and academia such as Mr. Azu Ishiekwene, Editor/Senior VP, Leadership Group Limited, Alh.Yusuf Alli, Editor, Northern Operations, The Nation Newspaper, Mr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren, Corporate Secretary, Nigerian Guild of Editors/Bureau Chief, This Day Newspaper, Mallam Yushau Shuaibu, Managing Director, Image Merchants Promotions Limited and News Platform Editors press releases PRNigeria, Economic Confidential Magazine and Emergency Digest.

The others are Hammed Abodunrin, PhD, a former Ondo State Commander, who is currently attending a Senior Staff Course at the Nigerian Army War College in Abuja and Dr. GT Joseph, a learned scholar, author of numerous books and senior officer of the Corps.

Stemming from the conference after intensive 3-day deliberations, inclusive brainstorming sessions, and cross-fertilization of ideas among participants, a communiqué was crafted to invite a new era of strategic communications into NSCDC operations and relationships. with the media and the public.

According to the release, policy frameworks have been developed and proposed to management for adoption in the Corps’ standard operating procedure (SOP).

According to the release, the Corps should “expand its Crisis Management Communication Plan (CMCP) by putting in place crisis communication strategies that will enable seamless communication between the Corps, the general public and the media during crises, disasters, floods, breakdown of law and order, violence or electoral crisis, banditry, kidnappings, attacks on Critical National Assets and Infrastructure and many other acts of Law Breaking .

The objective is to enable the Corps to prepare effectively for a potential crisis by developing and implementing contingency plans for the crisis response mechanism. Among other things, the CMCP would help the Corps in the management of crises and disasters by sensing the warning signs and immediately alerting the public, against the consequences and the need to take the necessary precautions and find ways out of the situation. while deciding on the next course of action.

In view of the upcoming general elections in 2023, senior leaders decide that “the Corps should adopt the non-kinetic strategy to provide lasting solutions to vote buying, political brutality, incitement to violence, speech of hatred, etc. in the upcoming general election in 2023 via improved communication, information dissemination, interaction and education of the general public through mass media information and engagement stakeholders on national development and election security.

The commanders unanimously agreed that as the decider of the country’s future, the 2023 general election must go off without a hitch whether the enemies like it or not and therefore sensitive election materials and non-sensitive, INEC officials and property must be jealously guarded against attack. , sabotage or any form of manipulation or embezzlement.

They pledged to decisively deal with anyone attempting to truncate the electoral process by promptly arresting and prosecuting all election violators before, during and after the election to deter other miscreants and thugs.

In light of President Muhamadu Buhari’s reaffirmation of improved security in recent times due to the concerted efforts of government security forces to fiercely combat and degrade bandits, terrorists and other criminal elements in the country, this that yields positive results, participants embraced that inter-agency collaboration and synergy through collective efforts, information sharing and trust between security and law enforcement agencies could provide the much-needed antidote to decimate and completely annihilate those criminals who are causing trouble in the country.

The CG speaking through the Deputy Commanding General (ACG) for Training and Manpower Development, Abi David, fsi, therefore instructed State Commanders and all Corps Public Relations Officers to work closely with their various counterparts in security operations and other national operations. missions like the upcoming general elections in 2023, which must be conducted freely and fairly to usher in a new dispensation in a peaceful atmosphere free from chaos, violence or rancor.

The conference provided further opportunities to review performance in other Corps mandates such as the private guard industry and Dr. Audi, addressed the need to sanitize the sector to block opportunities for infiltration by criminals if not properly regulated.

He advised on the need to protect the country’s critical national assets and infrastructure from vandalism by criminal elements, especially the oil facilities which are currently causing a fuel shortage that is hitting people in some parts of the country hard.

The CG advised the participants to draw on the lessons learned, skills acquired and knowledge acquired during the Conference to transform their trainings for the growth and development of the Corps, promising to continue the training as a matter of policy to continue developing workforce for organizational growth.

NSCDC Director of Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu appreciates the Commanding General for the approval to host the conference, the entire corps leadership and staff for their support and cooperation for the success of the program which is the first of its kind in the history of the Corps where state commanders and their respective public relations officers came together under one roof to brainstorm possible ways to move the Corps forward.

“State PROs are now reorganized and more motivated than ever to carry out their duties, the CG has assured us all of better working conditions and we have the support of State Commanders to implement everything which was agreed for organizational development,” he said.

The highlight of the ceremony is the Special Leadership Style Award given to the CG, three (3) former State Commanders, 6 State Command PROs and 2 National Headquarters Public Relations staff also won awards. exceptional rewards.

A certificate of attendance was issued to all attendees at the end of the conference and the CG topped it all off by giving a laptop to each of the 37 PR officers to improve their performance in the digital media age.

The opening ceremony of the conference saw the presence of giants and professionals from the media and public relations sector such as Brigadier General Sanni K. Usman, mni (rtd), Peter Afunanya PhD, fsi, spokesperson from the Department of State Services, Mr. Mukhtar Sirajo, National President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and Mr. Odion Bello, Broadcaster and Managing Director of Clearview Television.

Others include Deputy Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Representative of the Director of Defense Information, Representative of the Director of Army Public Relations, Representative of the Director of Public Relations, Nigerian Navy, Azuka Ogugua, PRO Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC), PRO Nigeria Correctional Service, PRO Federal Fire Service among others.


DCC Olusola Odumosu
Director, Public Relations
NSCDC Head Office, ABUJA

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