As Nigeria draws close to the 2019 general elections, the International Foundation For Electoral System (IFES) has described security as central to successful elections.
The deputy chief of party, Mrs Oloma Osuala, stated this in a keynote address, ‘Role of security in elections,’ delivered yesterday at a dinner/award night organised by ASIS International, Abuja chapter 273.
Mrs Oloma, who was represented by senior electoral management, Mr Cyril Jar, said the security situation of a country is the biggest component of its electoral process, adding that without security, there will be no elections, particularly in Nigeria.
She said security can either make or mar the success of elections therefore, it has to be addressed before the election. Even as she described election as the biggest logistics event because, it gives the common man an opportunity to choose his representation.
Earlier in his remarks, principal partner Zoomlens Solutions, Mr Dennis Amachree, said security situation is critical in attracting business investments to any country.
He said, though Nigeria has developed capacity in the security sector, more should be done in terms of language skills. He added that Nigeria’s industrial security experts have developed capacity but they need to do more to be able to spread across other West African countries.
He noted that Nigeria’s industrial security experts have been able to successfully move the security industry from the gateman to the boardroom where he is an asset to the company. And industrial security remains a critical part of national security.
He therefore called for a review of the nation’s security structure.