DSS, EFCC, NDLEA, Pantami, Others Bag 2020 Security Awards for Outstanding Performance
…NAF, NCS, NCC bags international public relations awards
The Department of State Services (DSS), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Airtel Nigeria, among others have been conferred the 2020 Security and Emergency Management Awards (SAEMA 2020) for outstanding performances in their various fields.
Isa Ali Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy won the minister of the year, he was honoured for initiatives in cybersecurity and Digital economy.
The recipients were conferred the awards on Saturday at the second edition of SAEMA at the Nicon Luxury Hotels organised by Emergency Digest, a subsidiary of Image Merchants.
While DSS was awarded for intelligence service, EFCC was recognised for crime prevention and Airtel for community service.
Other recipients include; NITDA for Corporate Social Responsibility; Nigeria Correctional Service for Crime prevention; Nigerian Customs Service for Public Information; and Neem Foundation for Humanitarian services.
Others are; Emergency Communication Centre for Emergency Management; Kontagora Security Service; Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada and Profile Security Service won the category of Private Security Company.
Individual recipients of certificate of excellence include; CSP Ibrahim Mohammed Police of the Nigerian Police; Dr. Goje Mohammed of SEMA, Yobe State; CSP Rabiu Garba of the Nigeria Police; Alfred Adewumi NDLEA and Commandant Ahmed Abodunrin, NSCDC, Ogun State Command
Others are; Austin Peacemakers Security Affairs; Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner Internal Affairs Kaduna; Abdullahi Usman of Nigeria Immigration Service; Ohaeri Osondu of Federal Road Safety Commission; Kabir Tsakuwa of NSCDC and Colonel Timothy Antigha of MNJTF.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Air Force (NAF) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), who were all winners of this year’s African Public Relations Awards and Golden World of International Public Relations Association (IPRA) in different categories were presented with their special global awards at the ceremony.
The panel of jury SEMA, said the ward was instituted to appreciate and honour the best of the bests among the military, security, intelligence and response agencies and other groups and individuals in the country.
“In view of the indispensability of their statutory roles, these agencies of government and the people behind them are constantly on their toes to prevent, tackle or mitigate the impacts of both man-made and natural adversities.
” A lot of them have paid the supreme sacrifice, many have lost their limbs, some families torn apart, and dreams cut short while carrying out their duties in service to fatherland.
“It is in recognition of the patriotic contributions of these great institutions and the individuals behind them that this Award series was instituted”, the jury said.
It informed that a total of 254 entries were received for all the categories out of which, 136 nominees qualified for the competition, and 54 finalists were selected by the jury from which 18 winners of the 18 categories emerged.
The jury expressed optimism that by instituting the Awards, the agencies and individuals behind them will be further motivated in their patriotic duties.
Shola Shittu, Managing Editor, Emergency Digest, also informed that the awards was instituted to be a different approach towards a more effective and efficient relationship among security agencies and with the citizens, which he noted has been inadequate.
He added that the platform is also instituted for the citizens to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding performances of the security agencies and emergency response agencies.
“Though there are scary levels of police brutality, extrajudicial killing which must be addressed urgently and critically, but while doing this, we should remember that there are outstanding personnel and they should be recognised and awarded”, Shittu said.