By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The 3rd Division, Nigeria Army has hosted the Inter- Agency Workshop on National Security, where issues bothering on social media in kinetic operations were discussed.
The workshop, held at the headquarters of the 3rd Armoured Division, Nigeria Army, had in attendance the GOC of the Division, senior officers and commanders of the Division, heads of various paramilitary agencies in Plateau State, including the Police, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and invited guests.
The GOC , according to a release by the national public relations officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Sunday James, Deputy Comptroller,was represented by Brig. Gen. Musa Danmadami.
Delivering his paper at the workshop, the guest speaker Brig.Gen.S O Oloyede harped on “Inter-Agency Collaboration: The Role of Social Media In Kinetic Operations”.
He opined that while the synergy of the various security agencies in the country and across the several levels of government must continue to build on healthy working relationship, sharing vital intelligence and data for optimum success in ensuring a wholly secured nation.
Oloyede further stressed that given the changing times occassioned by activities of the social media which spikes up the rate at which information whether verified or not is disseminated to the public, the security architecture needs to readily meet with the speed and coverage of such information and intelligence.
The panel discussion had a wide range of heads and representatives of fhe various security agencies who took turns to add their input to the topic of discussion and in consensus, opined that truly collaboration among agencies must be reviewed and accommodate issues of mutual respect and trust.
The CIS NIS Nana Kemi Nandap in her contribution highlighted the gains accomplished by the NIS in data generation, harmonization, and utilization for appropriation to national security and economic development through planning.
She further stressed the roles played by the service in intelligence reporting on both migrant and Nigerian populace through data gathered from MIDAS, APIS, NPR, REVIEWED PASSPORT & VISA REGIME etc.
At the end of discussions, room was given for participants’ interractions in which questions, comments and suggestions were duly and judiciously attended to.
In his closing remarks, Brig. Gen. Musa Danmadami appreciated the guest speaker, panel discussants, participants and guests while promising that more of such workshops would be encouraged and will be supported by the Nigerian Army Authorities.
He also opined that other agencies should key into organizing what will be beneficial to collaborative efforts in building and ensuring a secured nation.