COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT 2020 LCCI SECURITY MEETS BUSINESS DIALOGUE SESSION WHICH HELD ON TUESDAY, 25TH FEBRUARY 2020 AT THE COMMERCE HOUSE, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT 2020 LCCI SECURITY MEETS BUSINESS DIALOGUE SESSION WHICH HELD ON TUESDAY, 25TH FEBRUARY 2020 AT THE COMMERCE HOUSE, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT 2020 LCCI SECURITY MEETS BUSINESS DIALOGUE SESSION WHICH HELD ON TUESDAY, 25TH FEBRUARY 2020 AT THE COMMERCE HOUSE, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS

Background

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), in fulfilment of its public policy advocacy of ensuring a safe and secured environment for doing business, organized a dialogue session to facilitate conversations on the security challenges bedevilling the country and the way forward.

The programme, the fourth of its kind, brought together stakeholders from the organized private sector and leadership of security agencies to share perspectives and cross-fertilize ideas on how the security architecture of the country can be improved to support business growth and sustainable development.

The event had in attendance:

  • Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, Chairman of the Occasion.
  • Representative of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Dr. Amina Shamaki.
  • Representative of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshall, Ado Inuwa.
  • Representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Lamidi Adeosun.
  • Representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji.
  • Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu.
  • Representative of the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Prince Sunday Ladipo
  • Past President, LCCI, Chief (Mrs.) Adenike Akande.
  • Representative from the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN).
  • Director-General, NACCIMA, Mr. Ayo Olukanni
  • Members of the Diplomatic Community.
  • LCCI President, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje.
  • LCCI Deputy President, Messers. Michael Olawale Cole & Knut Ulvmoen.
  • Officers of LCCI.
  • Stakeholders from the Organized Private Sector.
  • Members of the press.

 

LCCI President’s Remarks

Mrs. Toki Mabogunje’s remarks centered on the implications of insecurity for business and investment. Putting her remarks in perspective, it will be almost possible for business to thrive in an insecure environment and the increasing waves of insecurity partly justifies the country’s inability to attract the much-needed investment. High level of insecurity dampens business and investment confidence. Despite efforts to curb with the menace, Nigeria saw no improvement in the Global Peace Index (GPI) assessment in the last two years. This implies that Nigeria’s security perception on the global scene remains the same. According to Mrs. Mabogunje, the impact of insecurity on business are:

  • Disruption in agriculture activities, thereby resulting in low productivity.
  • Spike in cost of transportation and haulage, which raises cost of logistics.
  • Increasing rate of unemployment and youth unemployment.
  • Negative investor perception about the Nigerian economy.
  • Increased expenditure on defence, thereby limiting the amount of funds that could have been channelled to infrastructure development.

 

Chairman’s Remarks

Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, while acknowledging that every country has its peculiar security challenges, urged the various security agencies to synergize to provide lasting solutions to the perennial issue of insecurity. The chairman urged the leadership of the LCCI to live up to its responsibility of ensuring that the needs of the private sector is well-catered for. In furtherance, Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi tasked the organized private sector to step up in influencing law and policy making.

 

Remarks by the Representative of Chief of Defence Staff

Air Vice Marshall, Ado Inuwa harped on the need for everyone to be involved to address insecurity. According to him, security is everyone business and all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace. He also shared his thoughts on personal security consciousness.

 

Presentation by the Representative of the Secretary to the Federal Government

Dr. Amina Shamaki maintained that security was at its lowest ebb since the inception of the present administration. Putting her presentation into perspective, the security situation prior to 2015 adversely impacted economic and religious activities, stifled legitimate businesses and weakened agricultural productivity. It also took a toll on foreign investment. In the light of this, the Federal Government put in place various security measures, which include:

  • Increasing the budgetary allocation to defence and security agencies.
  • Improving welfare of military and security personnel.
  • Strategic and tactical deployment of the forces.
  • Enlisting the cooperation of neighbouring nations – Benin Republic and Niger.
  • Procurement of military hardware
  • Checking proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
  • Invigorating internal security management
  • Cutting the sources of illicit financial inflows to terrorist groups.
  • On-going plans on the implementation of community policing.
  • Constitution of a committee to evolve the application of appropriate Science, Technology & Innovation (STI).
  • On-going plans to launch a functional national emergency number
  • Provision of resources to procure modern weapons including State of the Art assault aircraft.
  • Establishment of a Police Trust Fund.

On the major drivers of insurgency in Nigeria, Dr. Shamaki identified unemployment, corruption, imbalanced development, weak judicial system, illiteracy, poor social amenities, porous borders, shrinking value system and income disparity as underlying factors. According to her, every member of the larger corporate world has a role to play in tackling all forms of insecurity by:

  • Enhancing the competitiveness of the Nigerian industry.
  • Addressing the high mortality of MSMEs.
  • Evolving robust policies to encourage and guarantee success of partnerships, equity angels, joint ventures, franchise, etc.
  • Evolving policies that will accelerate the movement of business from the informal to the formal sector.
  • Developing the capacity of the manufacturing industry.

She noted that government has considered and still considering different approaches to decisively deal with all forms of security challenges. Some of the actions in these regards include increased reliance on technology, increased funding and development of a comprehensive national security policy framework.

 

Remarks by Representative of the Chief of Army Staff

Lt. General Lamidi Adeosun averred that security is pertinent for sustainable development, noting that an insecurity environment risks capital flight. He urged security agencies and private sector to collaborate to enhance the security apparatus of the nation.

 

Remarks by Representative of the Chief of Naval Staff

Rear Admiral Oladele Daji reiterated the Nigerian Navy’s commitment to support business by fighting illegal acts in the maritime environment. He noted that that the Naval force will continue to protect maritime resources and sea linkages to secure maritime wealth. Mr. Daji noted the importance of having a robust and comprehensive security framework.

 

Remarks by Commissioner of Police, Lagos State

Mr. Hakeem Odumosu maintained that tackling security ought to be every one’s concern. He harped on the need for every individual to be security conscious, saying this will greatly help the force to get timely information from the citizens about planned criminal acts. He asserted that the security situation in Lagos State has improved, noting that the force has constituted a special taskforce on social miscreant to further improve the security architecture of the state. Overall, Mr. Odumosu called for strong collaboration between individuals and the police force.

 

Deliberations at Dialogue Session

The dialogue session served as a platform for the audience to share their thoughts on the subject matter. Members of the panel include:

  • Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi (moderator)
  • Representative of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Dr. Amina Shamaki.
  • Representative of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshall, Ado Inuwa.
  • Representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Lamidi Adeosun.
  • Representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji.
  • Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu.

The issues raised at the dialogue session anchored on the:

  • Implementation of UN small & light weapon protocols
  • Clarity on Okada/Keke Ban in Lagos State.
  • Problem of poor profiling of criminals.
  • Security impact of the land border closure.
  • Alarming rate of youth unemployment and mass unemployment.
  • Increasing activities of ‘Area Boys’ in Lagos State.
  • Military tactics & strategies in tackling current security concerns notably attacks by Boko-Haram sect in the North East and Farmers-Herders conflict in the Middle Belt.

 

Conclusion

The following conclusions were reached.

  • The military and paramilitary agencies, in their own capacity in isolation, cannot resolve Nigeria’s security challenges. The issue of security is every one’s business.

 

  • Without concerted efforts to tackle the menace (insecurity), the Nigerian macroeconomic and business environment may not be to attract the much-needed investment inflows, which is injurious to economic growth.

 

  • Every individual should be security conscious and observant of every activity in his/her environment.

 

  • Formidable collaboration between organized private sector and various security agencies to combat insecurity.

 

Recommendations

The following recommendations were proffered:

  • Better communication between individuals, corporates and security agencies.
  • Putting priority on intelligence gathering to make the ecosystem suitable for planning. This anchors on the need to have a sound data system on key socioeconomic indicators such as population, youth unemployment, poverty, etc.
  • Channelling more funds to security agencies to enable them recruit and train new personnel and re-train existing ones.
  • Government should put more focus on the Nigerian youths as it has been established that youth unemployment is among the major driver of insecurity in the country. Investing the lives of the youth will in silencing future security threats.