The suggestions are contained in a communiqué from the 3-day conference which had as its theme: “Post-COVID-19: Sustaining security in Africa”.
The communiqué was signed by Agbambu, president of SWAI, and Sani Usman, chief rapporteur of the communiqué.
The continental body stressed the need for a unified and enabling legal framework, as well as a comprehensive, all-encompassing strategy to enable the continent to address the causes of insecurity.
He also called for a strengthened judicial system to address security challenges in Africa.
“African countries should collaborate more and seek internal solutions to address African security challenges.
“African leaders must take a whole-of-society approach, particularly involving youth, to address evolving security challenges.
“To address maritime security, African naval formations must strengthen their collaboration and synergy.
“African countries should come up with integrated, all-encompassing maritime strategies that are in line with continental and regional security architectures,” the statement said.
He stressed the need for African countries to strengthen their research and development efforts through training and adequate funding.
“It is necessary for the African Union to put in place the collective security mechanism, in particular the African Standby Force, to address insecurity in Africa,” he added.
Participants also reiterated the need to encourage the media to consider national and victim security in their reporting.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that SWAI was established in 1997 with the main objectives of monitoring, collecting, analyzing and broadcasting security issues on the African continent for public awareness and policy-making.
To further foster professionalism and intellectual engagements among the African military and security forces, it holds annual conferences and award ceremonies in different parts of the world.
The conferences generally focus on showcasing the achievements of the African military and security forces and working to enhance friendship and military cooperation. (newsngr.con)
Source Credit: NAN