The Director-General, Department of State Services, (DSS) Alhaji Yusuf Bichi, has pledged to work with the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) Nigeria to make the country safer and better.
Bichi made the pledge when the newly-elected National President of NCWS, Hajiya Lami Lau, led a delegation on a visit to the DSS in Abuja.
He said the the service would continue to put in place adequate measures to address the security challenges in the country.
While, congratulating the new NCWS executive, Bichi said that the change in leadership would help secure Nigerian women’s future.
‘We are collaborating with all stakeholders to prevent insecurity and threat in our society.
”As a service, we gather security reports and send the information to appropriate quarters for actions, though we also participate in combat activities,” he said.
Bichi described the service as gender-sensitive, adding that women are fully represented and had turned around the service in the area of training.
Earlier, the national president of NCWS thanked the director-general and men of the service for the support for ensuring a smooth election.
Lau said the visit was to see ways of strengthening collaboration between DSS and Nigerian women towards ensuring a more robust and holistic approach to addressing the security challenges currently affecting the nation.
”Nigeria currently faces a plethora of security challenges ranging from violent extremism to farmer-herder conflict, banditry, several secessionist movements and regrettably in some cases, civil repression by security agents, among others.
”Sadly, the brunt of the burden of these security crises is significantly borne by women.
”Sexual violence has skyrocketed with women frequently raped, kidnapped, or forced to exchange their daughters for protection.
”There is also the increasing case of women becoming unwilling tools in the hands of insurgents in the North-East. For over a decade, women have been severely affected by the activities of terror groups in the region,” she said.
Lau said that violence against women was a predictor for measuring whether a society was generally prone to violent conflicts.
She said that the poor level of women’s representation in decision-making roles in government was not only a major setback in Nigeria’s democratic advancement, but a stumbling block to ensuring sustainable security in the country.
Lau said that the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 affirms that peace and security efforts are more sustainable when women are equal partners in prevention of violent conflicts.
”Ensuring gender equality even in the effort to address the longing conflicts in Nigeria is critical to achieving lasting solutions.
”This is because evidence indicates that women who participate in peace processes are usually focused less on the spoils of the war.
”Rather their focus is majorly on reconciliation, economic development, education and transitional justice which are all critical elements of sustained peace,” she said.
Lau said that the visit was a call to the DSS, all security chiefs and others saddled directly with taking security decisions in the country to incorporate more gender perspectives in all strategies to restore security.
She assured that the council under her leadership would make itself available for collaboration with DSS and join forces with the security system in the country to ensure the safeguard the women.(NAN)