Vanguard (Lagos)

11 November 2013

Nigeria: SSS to Curb Terrorists Operations With Advanced Technology

Abuja — As parts of its measures to curb the threat posed by terrorists across the country, the State Security Services, SSS, has deployed advance technologies and improved human capacity development to achieve its goal of protecting Nigeria cities.

The Director-General of the State Security Service, Ekpenyong Ita who disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course for 47 participants at the Institute for Security Studies, Lower Usuma Dam, Bwari, weekend in Abuja, assured that the Service remained steadfast in her determination and commitment to proactively identify and neutralise security threats.

Ita while speaking at the graduation ceremony with theme, "Year 2020: The Challenges of Security Sector Synergy in the Democratic Culture", said applications of these technologies and human capacity development is already achieving desired result on national security as the relevant agencies have prevented Boko Haram from operating in cities.

He stressed the importance of equipping serving and prospective executives of critical organisations in the public and private sectors with appropriate competences to manage security related issues effectively.

Ita explained that as part of the human capacity development programme of the agency, 12 staff would soon attend Harvard University for further studies, which he said would empower them for leadership roles.

He the SSS had in the last three years provided training in various spheres of security endeavours for 1,248 participants drawn from critical government organisations and various foreign countries.

According to him, "this service has therefore placed great premium on the acquisition of advanced technology for its operations through cutting edge know-how in keeping with international best practices. What this has translated to, is the procurement of intelligence products that are more precise, credible, reliable, accurate and I dare say, faultless."

Noting that the acquisition of enhanced intellectual capability alone cannot make for meaningful achievement without commensurate technical support, the DG said that the SSS through the EIMC programme, is placing priority on a more efficient security sector governance and management through synergy.

He said the EIMC programme was expanded and extended to critical agencies in the private sector because of the need for collective participation in the nation's security management.

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