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The Nigeria Emergency Response Counter-Terrorism Workshop 2013 (NERCT), which MOSECON organized together with the great Uzoma I. Kingsley, received quite some coverage in Nigerian news. To listen to the two reports from Radio Nigeria, broadcasted live on October 9th at the 7 am news, just click on the links below:

Radio Nigeria Report 1

Radio Nigeria Report 2

and you might enjoy looking at the photos taken during the workshop, while you’re at it.

The Daily Times Nigeria also ran an article on the NERCT 2013 workshop on October 9 and quoted MOSECON’s CEO Yan St-Pierre, calling “on Nigeria to seek alternative solutions to the security challenge facing it. The full article can be read here.

In adition to the tracks from Radio Nigeria, we received the transcript of the Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Nigeria Info FM report:

FCT police command says the police and other security agencies are making frantic efforts to end acts of terrorism in Nigeria. The Commissioner of Police FCT command, Femi Ogunbayode said this at a one day seminar on Nigeria Emergency Response and Counter Terrorism for security personnel in Abuja. He expressed satisfaction at the current tactics employed by security operatives in combating terrorism in the country. Mr. Ogunbayode whose speech was read by the Assistant Commissioner of Police FCT command, Tony Olofu. Fielding questions from news men on the current security situation in the country has stressed that the security situation has posed a big obstacle to the development of the country and called on all Nigerians to help security operatives combat terrorism.

Earlier in a welcome remark, organizer of the seminar, Uzoma Kingsley, regretted the negative effects of the current security challenges on government and the populace, and called for active participation of insurance companies in management of disasters in Nigeria. Similarly, Head of Modern Security Consulting Group, Canada, Mr Yan St-Pierre, called on Nigeria to seek alternative solutions to its security challenges. He asked the Federal Government to channel more resources for job creation.

And here’s the News Agency of Nigeria report:

Abuja, Oct. 8, 2013 (NAN) Mr Yan St-Pierre, Head of Modern Security Consulting Group, Canada, on Tuesday called on Nigeria to seek alternative solutions to the security challenge facing it. He said that the use of military action against the Boko Haram sect was not the solution to ending the insurgency. St-Pierre made the call during a workshop on Emergency Response and Counter Terrorism in Nigeria organised by the West African representative of the group in Abuja. St-Pierre said that counter-terrorism should go beyond the use of weapons to dislodge the group. He said the Federal Government should channel more efforts toward the creation of jobs to give its citizens the reason to be proud.

“The key to counter terrorism is identity building; governments should create environments that will make it difficult for radical groups to strive. As long as a government does not understand the importance of creating pride in its citizens, foreign radical groups will cash in on this weakness and sell their ideology to its citizens by using them to disorganise the peace of the nation.”

St-Pierre also faulted the government’s call for dialogue with Boko Haram members. “That would be to the advantage of the sect.”

Mr Kingsley Uzoma, the West African Representative of the group and chief facilitator of the workshop, said security was of utmost priority for Nigeria to attract foreign direct investments. He said that security was the business of every citizen and should be addressed collectively, thus the reason for the workshop.

Also speaking, an Assistant Commissioner of Police in FCT, Mr Tony Olofu, stressed the need for improved collaboration in addressing security challenges in the country. “In any society, if there must be growth, we must take the issue of security seriously, we need the collaboration of all Nigerians to succeed in the fight against insurgency’’, he said. (NAN)