A civil Society Organisation that under the auspices of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Centre LSD, advocates for a process that would bring accountability in the Government’s attempt to tackle insecurity.
The Organisation installed machinery meant to effect a project called Strengthen Citizens Voices for Security Sector Accountability, SPaCVOSSA, in Nigeria.
Speaking at the pre-forum to mark the commencement of the project yesterday in Abuja, the Executive Director of the Centre, Mr Monday Osasah, who made the advocacy, described the project as a particular purpose vehicle where activities of Security personnel engaged in enforcing the lockdown during the COVID -19 pandemic will be interrogated and critiqued.
He added that the engagements and interactions would involve key actors and stakeholders, especially those directly impacted, as part of efforts towards evolving a solid mechanism that ultimately will strengthen Citizen’s voices to holding Security Forces accountable for Human rights abuses and violations while enforcing National emergencies.
Centre LSD Advocates for Accountability in Security Sector
Also speaking at the event, the Project Lead and Centre LSD Director of Strategy, Mr Itia Otabor, disclosed that the project, which is part of a Pan- African programme, is simultaneously implemented in Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo was initiated and supported by Trust Africa, an Independent Foundation based in Dakar, Senegal.
The pre-forum, which is a precursor to the two Citizens fora scheduled to hold in Abuja and Lagos later in the year, will bring together a cross-section of victims of security personnel infractions during the lockdown, subject matter experts and representatives of the security services, amongst others.
Also, stakeholders at the open fora will x-ray the outcome of the already commissioned research on the subject, aggregate and harvest other credible information for a Bill preparation to institutionalize the results ultimately.