CLEEN Foundation Organizes a Three-Day Capacity Building for Civilian Security Stakeholders in Kaduna and Kano States
The Securing Nigeria Community Project is designed to increase access to information, equip key stakeholders with practical violence reduction tools, and forge new social connections across conflicting groups, while addressing the systemic inequalities that present barriers to human and civilian security. The Project seeks to increase civilian security (CivSec) in high-risk areas of Nigeria’s Northwest and Middle Belt regions, reducing enabling environments for inter-communal violence and public unrest.
Central to the project is the mobilization, training, and collaboration with the security agencies in the focal States to engage in and strengthen early warning and early response systems in violent affected communities in the states. This is done through capacity building of security agencies and community members to work in synergy towards addressing emerging community safety and security issues.
The need for concerted efforts to tackle the continued violent conflicts in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. This necessitated CLEEN Foundation to organize a three-day capacity building workshop for civilian security stakeholders in Kaduna and Kano states in March 2022 in communities affected by violent conflict. The purpose of the capacity building workshop to support the ongoing effort of both federal and state governments to equip stakeholders (Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, the Police Community Relations Committee and Vigilante Group of Nigeria) on violence prevention, strategic communications, and the importance of building community trust to facilitate incident and early warning reporting. The outcome of the training was the establishment of Community Accountability Forum and Community Safety Partners; Synergy between formal and informal security groups, Establishment of communication channels (WhatsApp} for easy engagement among members and verification of security alert.