Military, Paramilitary plan regional conference on security communication

Nigeria's military chiefs

The Military, Police and Paramilitary Public Relations Officers Forum (MILPOPPROF) is to hold the West African Conference (WAFCON) on Security Communication and Public Information Management from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16 in Abuja.

The Chief Facilitator of MILPOPPROF, Mr Steve Okonmah, stated this on Sunday in Lagos.

According to Okonmah, the Conference is being put together by the Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACREC), the promoters of MILPOPPROF.

He said that the Conference would bring together 150 delegates across the stakeholders’ spectrum within Nigeria and West Africa.

Okonmah, a Chief Superintendent of Customs, said that the conference would also bring together internationally-renowned experts and practitioners.

He said the experts would share ideas, perspectives and experiences on security communication and public information management in the ever-evolving global security environment.

According to him, the latest trend in security communication and gadgets will be on showcase.

“Security, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, public information managers, civil societies, media organisations, the judiciary, emergency response groups, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), corporate affairs managers, the academia and all consumers of security services constitute our secondary stakeholders,’’ Okonmah said.

He said that the objectives of the conference included: helping participants to get better equipped with vital information on crisis management.

Okonmah said the conference would facilitate orientation for image makers for a more effective representation of West African issues.

“To foster world-class acceptable (UN, AU) standard in resolution and management of crisis information and domestication of same.

“ To change West African warranties and properly project the gallant contributions of its security to peace and stability on the West African continent and globally,’’ Okonmah said.

He said that a team of officers, who had passion and vision for Nigeria, established MILPOPPROF in 2006 to stop rivalry between uniformed officers.

Okonmah said the problem of rivalry between uniformed officers brought about MILPOPPROF, adding that this problem should be solved and nipped in the bud.

He said that in case of any crisis, officers should be able to share security information and see each other as one family and as professionals.

Okonmah said that PEACREC is a group of senior officers, coordinating the young public relations officers to kill rivalry, promoting and sharing information.

It would be recalled that the idea of establishing MILPOPPROF was brought by Col. Kingsley Umoh.