Modern concepts of security, peacemaking and achieving social cohesion, and nation building will be explored at the tenth edition of the Leadership Excellence for National Development (LEND) Webinar and Podcast Series being organized by the JCI Nigeria Senate Association, a think tank, on Sunday, 20 June 2021.
Spurred by the prevailing human safety and security challenges confronting the nation and the West Africa region, the think tank has convened leading experts in the civil society, emergency and security management, development, risk and information management sectors to lead discussions on the topic “Security, Society and Nation-Building”.
Chief Tunji Alapini, a security expert and retired Assistant Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force will engage stakeholders on practical ideas and strategies for personal and group self-preservation against security breaches and emergencies.
Alapini’s insights on navigating the prevailing milieu of security issues is expected to provide some context for the discourse which will be led by Olusoji Adeniyi, an emergency expert, convener of the Africa Network for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, and former Chairman of the United Nations Joint Staff Pensions Fund, a US$55-Billion investment Portfolio at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA.
“Safety and security matters aren’t just for governments and state actors alone. Citizens, communities, and the civil society must also examine their responsibilities to society and develop a constructive mindset,” Adeniyi remarked.
His presentation will precede the two discussants: Hajiya Raheemat Momodu, peace and conflict specialist and President of the International Visitors and Leadership Alumni Association of Nigeria, and Babajide Ogunsanwo, business research and political development strategist.
Addressing reporters ahead of the much-anticipated thought leadership webinar, the Chairperson of the JCI Nigeria Senate Association, Ms. Nneka Itabor, said: “Expert experiences and insights are priceless. We trust that the unique combination of Hajiya Momodu, Mr. Adeniyi, Chief Alapini and Mr. Ogunsanwo will stimulate ideas for increased civic responsibility and stakeholder collaboration towards nation building.”
Conceptualized in early 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic began to paralyze social and economic activities around the world, the LEND webinar and podcast series is a collegial platform, a think tank for ideas and knowledge management to achieve policy action and positive outcomes for nation building.
In March 2021, the think tank organized its first quarter 2021 webinar on the risks and rewards of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
To date, nine 90-minute editions of the JCI Nigeria LEND webinars on a range of topics have been convened, attracting cumulatively over 1,800 speakers and participants, mostly high net worth individuals, public, private and nonprofit sectors leaders from Africa and the Middle East, Europe and North America.