The Department of State Security Service, DSS said it is ready for the 2019 general elections,saying it has put in adequate preparations to ensure hitch free elections.
This is even as the Institute for Security Studies, (ISS) a training arm of the DSS, yesterday, kick started the training of stakeholders on logistics movement for the 2019 elections.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, who spoke on the sideline of the training in Abuja, said just like the mandate of the Service, the DSS is ever ready to work assiduously in order to ensure peace in the country both during and after the elections.
He further noted that the DSS had been engaging stakeholders in training, just like the one for logistics managers and will continue to educate the citizens in order to ensure the success of the elections.
While addressing participants, the director of ISS, Ayodele Adeleke said “the security of an electoral process is crucial not just in assuring a free , fair and credible outcome but also fundamental to the attainment of national security.
“Unfortunately, electoral process and democratic transition in Nigeria between 1964 and 2018 have been generally marred by irregularities, violence and general insecurity. Given the rate of prevailing security challenges and anticipated threats in the 2019 general elections, which are barely a few weeks away, the general preparation over insecurity, safety of men, material and entire process as well as a fear of possible negative outcome is justified.
Also, chairman of the occasion , Michael Maduagwu said ,”Today, Nigeria has attained 20 years of uninterrupted democracy. We should give ourselves a pat on the back. But now we are back again at another general elections cycle. And, as usual the political atmosphere is being overheated.
“That is why the Department of State Services, through its flagship of training institutions, the Institute for Security Studies, has organised this very crucial two-day Security Awareness Seminar for selected critical stakeholders.
We are here to brainstorm on the role of the critical stakeholders to ensure that the processes of the 2019 general elections are properly secured and managed.”