Nigerian Institute opens Center for Security Analysis, Democracy Radio

Nigerian Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies(NILDS) has started a Center for Security Analysis.

Besides this, the institute also opened a radio station known as ‘Democracy Radio’. The station is on 104.9FM.

Radio will serve as a medium to enhance citizen engagement, promote political culture, values ​​and deepen democracy and governance in Nigeria.

In addition, the Center for Security Analysis is expected to conduct quality academic and professional research, promote and disseminate the practice of science-based methods of lawmaking for legislative assemblies, and serve as important background material for legislatures. Promote research content and policy insights.

The institute launched the two-in-one organizations on Wednesday in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

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Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Abubakar Sulaiman, Director General, NILDS, said the outgoing 9th National Assembly approved the establishment of NILDS Democracy Radio, an essential medium to enhance citizen engagement, promote and deepen political culture and values will work as Democracy and Governance in Nigeria.

Mr Sulaiman, a professor, said the medium would not only air legislative businesses but also serve as the voice of Nigerians.

‘I firmly believe that when the radio station’s full potential is harnessed effectively, it will serve as a national medium for provoking public debate, leading to greater public participation in important decisions.

“This is because democracies partly depend on the media to provide citizens with accurate information that reflects the range of actors in the political and public space, thereby bridging the gap between the government and the governed,” he said .

The DG said that keeping in mind the era of digitization and the technological wave of the 21st century, NILDS has set up an Audio-Visual Digital Studio to broadcast its FM Radio programming over the Internet to take its programs to a wider geographical and demographic audience. established.

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“This way, viewers around the world can stream our radio programming live from our website, And also get access to the stored programs at a click of a button.

“This audio-visual studio is also equipped with high-performance computers, audio systems and a multi-camera set-up, which will allow us to produce informative and engaging content, especially for our podcasts and YouTube channels, Which will help in connecting the civic and political culture among the youth,” he said.

Mr. Suleiman commended the outgoing National Assembly for its support, saying, “History will be kind to this same Assembly for supporting another intellectual organization under the National Assembly but domiciled in the NILDS.”

Security Analysis Center

The Legislative Center for Security Analysis conducts quality academic and professional research to fulfill the mandate of NILDS, to promote and disseminate the practice of science-based methodologies to law-making legislatures, and to disseminate critical research materials and policy insights To promote Background material for the legislature.

The Director General of NILDS, Mr Suleiman, said the center was a replica of the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance, which has driven and shaped security sector reform (SSR) policy and programming around the world.

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According to him, the center is also similar to the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum (US), which hosts
Regular forum for international parliamentarians and government officials to learn from experts on all aspects of security.

Mr Suleiman said the Security Analysis Center was the first on the African continent.

The center is equipped with state-of-the-art teleconferencing facilities. A 20-person conference room provides the capability for remote collaborative meetings with local and global facilitators and partners.

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Speaking further, the DG said that the essence of the center cannot be overemphasized due to the increase in violent conflict, crime and insecurity in the country and other parts of the African continent.

“It is expected that the Center will be dedicated to carrying out wide-ranging tasks, including: Through primary research and studies in all aspects of security in the country to determine causes and implications and identify legislative areas Enhancing the security of Nigerians. Interventions; Promoting understanding of the security environment, sharing knowledge and using that expertise to identify legislative actions and interventions; Collaborating with government and security to counter threats and incidents- Undertake tailor-made research to enhance the knowledge and capability of intelligence agencies; prepare research reports and policy briefs
Security issues for consideration by the National Assembly; draft protection
Basis Bills, Motions and Resolutions for expedited legislative consideration; Improve security incident detection through continuous monitoring and analysis of security

Mr. Suleman, who has just been appointed for a second term, said the Union gains would not have been realized without the commitment and support of the leadership of the Ninth Assembly.

“We hope that these two organizations, the legacy of the 9th Assembly, will be more relevant in deepening democracy, stimulating public interest in legislative businesses, and providing useful information to Parliament on security-related areas.

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“It is on this note, therefore, that I especially thank the President of the Senate, Your Excellency, Distinguished Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, PhD, GCON, the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Your Excellency, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, CFR and To the members of the Governing Council of NILDS for their continued support, dedication and commitment as true patriots and promoters of democracy who are determined to strengthen the practice of democracy in Nigeria and strengthen the legislative institution,” he said.

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Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Philip Eduda, a senator; representative member; Former President of INEC, Atahiru Jega; and NBC DG, Bello Ilelah, among others.

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