Friday, 17 May 2013

Insecurity: Looking beyond govt effort in S’East


By Anolu Vincent/Owerri
Mankind has traditionally been security conscious in any environment he finds himself, in recognition of the fact that life  is precious  and has no duplicate.
Growth and development in any part of the biosphere is predicated on reliable security network  which not only emboldens  man to settle  down, contrive  and evolve policies and programmes to realize  a stated  objective  but  also spares  him from  both  internal and external aggression.
Guided by the philosophy  of  the indispensability of dependable  security  structure, men of the pristine  stone   age even  went  further to  erect locally fabricated fence  around  their homes  to ward off wild  animals  that  could strike  unexpectedly while  hunting  for games and preys.
It is however an irony of fate that  contemporary  societies, despite  the influences of western technology  in the provision  of the basic  needs of man have had to contend  the nagging problem  of security.
The  consequences of fragile  and vitiated security structure in most nations  of the world had necessitated the ever increasing annual budgetary allocations  for security management.
Unfortunately, available indices indicate that there  seems  to be no light  at the end of the tunnel, leading  to fresh  contrivances and relentless clamour  for collaborations  between  the government and the  organized private sector  to tackle  the menace.
Against this background, a non-governmental organization (NGO) “Cleen Foundation,” which aims at promoting   public  safety, security  and accessible justice  in the country and the West African sub-region has come up with  some  far reaching measures to  curb the  social malaise.
According to the Executive  Director, ‘Keni  Okenvodo, society  needs  to be well  secured  when the government in power evolves and sustains economic policies and programmes capable  of preventing crises and conflicts.
According to her, security is about the survival, positive conditions of human existence, about peace, development, justice, whose absence creates the condition for conflict  and insecurity.
The NGO boss made the observation at a two-day summit on “Security and Governance challenges in the South East” held in Owerri.
One cannot agree less with  the NGO that 14 years  after the restoration of elected civilian government, serious  security  and governance challenges had persisted at the federal, state and  local  levels in the country.
This unquestionably has been  “exacerbated by the increasing spate of armed violence  and banditry  over widening  space and territories and apparent  inability  of the security  forces to restore  law and order, bring the perpetrators  to justice and reassure traumatized  public.”

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