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#WAFCON'17

West African Conference on Security Communication and Public Information Management

8 Main Speakers

8 Main Sessions.

20 Discussants

Different keynote discussants for each session.

Multilingual Support

English, & French.




West Africa’s story has been one of reversals, stasis as well as progress. Unarguably, It has witnessed significant changes in the late 1990s such as the relatively peaceful regimes in countries like Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Cape Verde, the emergence of constitutional leadership in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Niger, the Gambia and the formal exit of military intervention in the affairs of the region’s giant, Nigeria provides a justification for optimism.
West Africa is also making impressive progress in economic growth, democratization and regional cooperation while the recent rise in violence and conflict, drug trafficking, piracy, extremism and other emerging threats have sparked concerns over its future development. Efforts to prevent conflicts have also improved, contributing to overall stability. Again and interestingly, in this decade, the incidence of civil wars and large-scale conflicts dropped off dramatically representing a watershed in the political stabilization of the region.

However, other forms of political violence and new threats have emerged such as election-related violence, long standing ethno-religious conflicts, drug and human trafficking, maritime piracy and terrorism. In spite of the progress made on the civil and political fronts, the region remains one of the poorest in the world and one of the most susceptible to crisis, placing a huge question on the sustainability of the regions democracies. With the cold peace in Liberia, continued instability in Congo and Guinea cowering between coup d’etats and cold peace, not to mention the ever increasing refugees and internally displaced population creating a major humanitarian crisis in West Africa, the security agencies including the military, Police, para-military and other emergency and crisis response agencies have got much tasks on their hands.

Responding to a disaster or crisis involves information processing in which individuals, organizations and societies have to decide how to comprehend and respond to the reality of what has happened.

Responding to a disaster or crisis involves information processing in which individuals, organizations and societies have to decide how to comprehend and respond to the reality of what has happened. Efficient and timely provision of shared situational awareness and crisis information management are essential pre-requisites to enable effective decision making in multi-dimensional and effects-based operations. The underlying principle of all security operations is to help save lives, prevent unnecessary deaths, and in some cases where mass scale atrocities have been committed to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. Knowledge implies having access to and leveraging information and communications technology (ICT), ranging from the web and the Internet, through personal computers, to the mobile web through smartphones and short message service (SMS). The human condition is now inextricably entwined with the availability of information online, from basic services to personal shopping, from banking and commerce to education and healthcare.

Nations with better ICT infrastructure invariably show better human development indicators and stronger economic prosperity. At the same time the recent riots in London (fanned by the use of web-based social media and ICT), the growing instances of cybercrime, online hate speeches that contribute to world violence. In West Africa in particular, identity theft, data loss, surveillance by repressive regimes and propaganda through digital media, are but a few aspect of the flip side of our networked society.



Peace & Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACREC) aims to facilitate improved, effective and sustained crisis communication between peoples, communities and stakeholders




Recognizing the potential for both good and bad communication resulting from the failure, lack of will or challenges to properly deploying and incorporating the appropriate communications channels into the security architecture of member nations, the Peace & Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEC) aims to facilitate improved, effective and sustained crisis communication between peoples, communities and stakeholders involved in conflict prevention, mediation and peace building through better understanding and enhanced application of ICT including the media. It also looks at the role of ICT in crisis management which is defined for the purpose of this conference as civilian and/or military in a crisis that may be violent or non-violent, with the intention or preventing further escalation of the crisis and facilitating its resolution.

The underlying principle of all security operations is to help save lives.

It is against the above background that PEACREC was conceived to bridge these gaps. PEACREC founded the Military, Police and Para-Military Public Relations Officers Forum (MILPOPPROF) as a platform for Security Agencies in Nigeria to help create conditions conducive for sharing ideas on how best to leverage on the power of PR and information management to solve the nation’s seemingly intractable myriad of problems.

speakers

  • Mike Okereke

    Mike Okereke

    PEACE AND CONFLICT MONITORING THROUGH INFORMA ...

  • Mr Martin Ewi

    Mr Martin Ewi

    ROLE OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION: ESCALATING A ...

  • Mr James Akujobi

    Mr James Akujobi

    COMMUNICATING CLIMATE CHANGE AS A CRISIS IN A ...

  • Col Mustapha Abdalla (RTD)

    Col Mustapha Abdalla (RTD)

    The Evolving Threat of Drug Trafficking on Yo ...

  • Mr Ibrahim Magu

    Mr Ibrahim Magu

    Cyber Threat: Fighting the Dark Side, Mitiga ...

  • Erez Barzilai

    Erez Barzilai

    COMMUNICATING FOOD SECURITY AS PANACEA FOR NA ...

  • IKEDI

    IKEDI

    CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT AND SECURITY CHALLENGES IN ...

Session Chairmen

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Arrival of Special Guests and Dignitaries.

10:10 - 10:25

National Anthem/MC's Preamble

10:25 - 10:30

Dr Rotimi Oladele

President, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations

Dr Rotimi Oladele

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Brig Gen Dan Ali

Minister of Defence

5mins

Event Centre

About Brig. Gen. Dan Ali

LT Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau

Minister of Interior

5mins

Event Centre

About LT Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau

Alh Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information

5mins

Event Centre

About Alh Lai Mohammed

Mrs Halima Ahmed

Commissioner Political Affairs, Peace and Security, ECOWAS

5mins

Event Centre

About Mrs Halima Ahmed

Babangida Monguna (RTD)

President, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations

30mins

Event Center

About Babangida Monguna (RTD)

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Speaker

Mike Okereke

International Public Relations Association.

1hr

About Mike Okereke

Moderator

Frank Nweke Jnr.

Former Minister of Information

1 hr

Event Center

About Frank Nweke Jnr.

Discussants


Femi Adesina

SA Media to President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

1 hr

Event Center

Elaine Same Kwami

President, Ghanian Institute of Public Relations.

1 hr

Event Center


ACP Olabisi Kolawole

Force Criminal Investigative Department.

1 hr

Event Center

Speaker

Mr Martin Ewi

Senior Researcher, Transnational Threats and International Crime, Institute of Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa.

1hr

About Mr Martin Ewi

Moderator

Mr Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya.

President, African Public Relations Association.
About Mr Yomi Badejo-Okusanya.

Discussants


Femi Falana

President, West Africa Bar Association.

Ikedi Isiguzo

Editor-In-Chief, Momentum Africa.

Owei Lamkemfa

Columnist, Vanguard Newspaper

Speaker

LT. GEN TY Buratai

60mins

About LT. GEN TY Buratai

Moderator

IGP Solomon Arase

Former Inspector General of Police
About IGP Solomon Arase
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Discussants


Dr Joe- Odumakin

Patrick Lumumba


Dr Rotimi Oladele

Speaker

Mr James Akujobi, fsi

Deputy Director, Planning, Research & Forecasting, NEMA

60mins

Event Center A

About Mr James Akujobi, fsi

Moderator

Dr OO Nwankwo

HOD, Governance and Public Policy, Centre For Strategic Research Studies, NDC

1 hr

Event Center

About Dr OO Nwankwo.

Discussants


CP Adeleye Oyebade

Abia State Commissioner Of Police.

Dr Jubrin Mohammed

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja

Amara Nwakpa

Director, Public Policy Institute, Shehu Musa Foundation, Abuja.

Speaker

Col Mustapha Abdalla (RTD)

Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

60mins

Event Center B

About COL Habdalla (RTD)

Moderator

Prof Istifanus Zabadi

Provost, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, NDC
About Prof Istifanus Zabadi

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Discussants


Dr Sherriff Ibrahim

Senior Lecturer, Dept of Political. Science, UNI ABUJA

Capt UB Aliyu

CEO, Goldwater & Riversand Security

Speaker

Mr Ibrahim Mustapha Magu

Chairman, Economic and Financial Crime Commission.

60mins

Event Center B

About Mr Ibrahim Magu

Moderator

Collins Olua

Consultant V2D Convergence
About Collins Olua

Discussants


Mr Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria.

Obadare Peter Adewale

Co-Founder, Digital Encode

Speaker

Erez Barzilian

Livingreen Urban EcoSystems

60mins

Event Center A

About Erez Barzilian
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Moderator

Mosun Umoru

Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development

Event Center

About Mosun Umoru

Discussants


Shedrack Madlion

Hadiza Usman

Nigeria Port Authority

Samuel Adenekan

Corporate Relations Manager, Nestle

Speaker

Ikeddy Isiguzo

New Media

60mins

Event Center A

About Ikeddy Isiguzo

Moderator

Emeka Opara

Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel
About Emeka Opara

Discussants


Femi Aribisala

Columnist, Vanguard Newspaper

DC Wale Adeniyi

Member Governing Council, NIPR

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