Secure Africa Conference 2016: Achieving Peace and Sustainable National Security

The African Centre for Citizens Orientation in collaboration with Youth Crime Watch of Nigeria, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and other stakeholders present, SECURE AFRICA 2016.

Recognizing that the rise of radicalization to violence and violent extremism among young people threatens the stability and development and often derail peace building efforts and foment conflict and give rise to factors that create conducive environment for terrorism and violent extremism in Africa.

It is upon this background, that, the African Centre for Citizens Orientation, an NGO in special consultative status with United Nations ECOSOC convene its 4 th Edition Secure Africa Conference 2016 – Africa Regional Youth Crime Prevention and; Development Conference scheduled to hold at Merit House, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria on August 30-31, 2016 with the theme, “Achieving Peace and Sustainable National Security Through Constructive Youth Engagement and Inclusive Citizens Participation”.

This year’s conference is a two-day event targeting youth leaders from business, politics, public sector, civil societies, media, universities, arts, sports and religious organizations from Nigeria and across the African continent. With the intension of allowing young people from other parts of the world as well, to empower them in using their dynamism and innovative minds to promote unity, coexistence, peace, public safety and security; provide leaders in the various communities with the tools to enhance their efforts as agents of change; provide a forum for exchanging innovative approaches, ideas and best practices from the different states of the region towards improving peace and security and participation in their respective communities.

The conference speakers are as follow; Prof. Umar G. Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC; Col. M.M. Abdallah, Rtd., Chairman/CEO, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); Mr. Ekpo Nta, Chairman, ICPC; Ms. Adaora Onyechere, Broadcast Journalist & Coordinator, Gender Agenda on AIT, and Dr. Tunji Asaolu, Chairperson, Social Affairs & Health, African Union ECOSOCC. Other speakers expected include Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau Rtd.), Honourable Minister of Interior, Mr Alkali Usman, FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Patrick Ukpan, FCT State Commandant, NSCDC and host of others. The Conference Chair and Keynote Speaker is Prof. Ibrahim Ado Abubakar, former Dean, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Secure Africa Conference is organized once in two years with the aim to bring like-minded organizations and individuals together to examine the root causes of Africa multiple challenges and formulate comprehensive strategies for addressing them.

Its premise is that viable, effective solutions can be found to meet the entire spectrum of economic, ecological, political and social problems by formulating an integrated perspective, comprehensive strategy and detailed policy framework attuned to the realities, needs and emerging opportunities of the 21 st century.

About Secure Africa
Violent crimes have a significant impact on the livelihoods and quality of life of citizens, most particularly the poor, women and young people. Insecurity undermines socio-economic and political stability and sustainable development (See Resolution A/RES/66/181 of the United Nations General Assembly).

High levels of crime and violence pose a serious threat to African emergent socio-political and economic development. It results in the deprivation of the rights and dignity of citizens, and poses a threat to peaceful resolution of differences and rightful participation of all in the democratic process.

Crime and violence cast fear into the hearts of many Africans and friends of the continent. These tendencies prevent the region from taking her rightful place in global development and growth. It inhibits citizens from interacting or communicating with one another freely in this information age.

Whereas other continents are taking giant strides, Africa is currently enmeshed in violent crimes like terrorism, piracy, conflict, pre & post election violence, cybercrime, Internet fraud, illicit drugs, child labour, trafficking in person, gender violence and human rights abuse. This fact, also to an extent prevents young and adult citizens from engaging in some economic activities and hinders entrepreneurs/investors from taking advantage of the opportunities which the region presents.

Therefore, the event will not only focus on reaction to these issues, but attempt to proffer proactive solutions that would bring about a safer, secure and developed Africa engineered by tomorrow’s leaders -the youth with support from present leaders. It will bring to the fore issues of crime prevention, security, human rights, rule of law, violence against women and durable peace needed for the growth and enhancement of Africa, as well as economic and political development both at the rural and urban centres.

Secure Africa is a bi-annual (once in two years) conference with the aim to bring like-minded organizations and individuals together to examine the root causes of Africa multiple challenges and formulate comprehensive strategies for addressing them. Its premises is that viable, effective solutions can be found to meet the entire spectrum of economic, ecological, political and social problems by formulating an integrated perspective, comprehensive strategy and detailed policy framework attuned to the realities, needs and emerging opportunities of the 21st century.

Secure Africa Focus Areas
Crime Prevention and Community Security
Non-Violence and Peace-building
Cyber Security and Child Online Protection
Women, Peace and Security
Trafficking and Migration
Rule of Law and Human Rights
Empowerment (Entrepreneurship and Technology)
Institutionalized Partnership

Goals
To facilitate a forum whereby African youth meet annually in addressing the issues that affect them and their future as related to security and leadership;
To learn, share and network with other stakeholders on ways to combat the growing incidents of violent crimes, radicalization of young people and Internet crimes on the continent;
To engage and empower young Africans with necessary information and tools in bringing about cycle development (all-round development), competition, and innovation;
To encourage young people to contribute to a safer and secure Africa continent in order to increase infrastructure development;
To establish a comprehensive policy framework which will enable African governments to address the growing issues of crime, unemployment and poverty in a coordinated and focused manner to deepen economy and local/foreign investment;

Secure Africa 2016
Based and upon the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) recognizing that today’s generation of youth is the largest the world has ever known and that young people often form the majority of the population of countries affected by armed conflict; expressing concern that among civilians, youth account for many of those adversely affected by armed conflict, including as refugees and internally displaced persons, and that the disruption of youth’s access to education and economic opportunities has a dramatic impact on durable peace and reconciliation; recognizing the important and positive contribution of youth in efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security; affirming the important role youth can play in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and as a key aspect of the sustainability, inclusiveness and success of peacekeeping and peace building efforts.

This resolution further states that the rise of radicalization to violence and violent extremism, especially States youth, threatens stability and development, and can often derail peace building efforts and foment conflict, and stressing the importance of addressing conditions and factors leading to the rise of radicalization to violence and violent extremism States youth, which can be conducive to terrorism.

To this end, the Secure Africa will conduct a 2-day conference for youth leaders from business, politics, public sector, civil societies, media, university, art, sports and religious from Nigeria and across the African Continent with the intension of allowing young people from other Continents in order to empower them to use their dynamism and innovative minds to promote unity, co-existence, peace, public safety and security; provide leaders in various communities earlier identified with tools to enhance their efforts as agents of change in their respective communities as relates to peace building, co-existence, public safety and security; provide a forum for exchanging innovative approaches, ideas and best practices from the different states of the region towards improving peace and security and participation in their respective communities.

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