In line with the theme; Global Climate Change: Challenges, Prospects and Priorities for Economic Development and Conflict Resolution of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 15 of the National Institute of Security Studies (NISS), Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, on Monday called for concerted efforts on the protection of the environment.

The monarch was reacting to the theme of the contingent currently undergoing the yearly capacity building programme during its visit to the monarch at his Alarere residence which was said to be an integral part of the 10 month programme.

Oba Balogun, describing the theme as very apt and timely said both the environment and the security as well as economic development are issues that one cannot successfully isolate the other as there’s always a meeting point. He stated that that it is the security experts that are the ones now championing the cause underscores the importance attached to them by the government.

Pledging his support for any initiative that would address both the security and issues bothering on environment, the monarch stated that “I will continue to champion the cause of my people towards ensuring that they live peacefully. I enjoin you to conscientious go about your study as I hope that you will come up with far-reaching suggestions and proposal on your chosen theme after your study”.

The team leader, Dr. Adegboyega Kareem disclosed that the Course 15 consisting of 16 participants of the Abuja based Institute were in Oyo State to interrogate on the theme at the end of which there would be a presentation of their findings which would proffer solutions to the identified issues.

Recalling the birth of the institute which at the initial stage was a training arm for only the personnel of Department of State Security (DSS), Dr. Kareem said it later became an all embracing institute for all the security agencies to bridge the identified gap existing between the security agencies.

He told Olubadan that the institute currently trains personnel drawn from 26 agencies in Nigeria and four African countries, namely, Ghana, Gambia, Niger and Rwanda and officers from the rank of Deputy Director are eligible to participate in the 10-month course leading to the award of ‘FSI’.

Dr. Kareem further added that “security agencies need to come together to address and manage emerging security threat. The current participants are 78 in number out of which 16 are drawn from Oyo State and they are all currently in syndicate groups studying various issues in Oyo, Osun, Enugu, Bayelsa and Benue States and part of their mandate is to pay homage to the traditional ruler of the host town or city which informed the visit to the Olubadan”.

Babatunde Tiamiyu

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