2023 general elections: DSS stages workshop for directors, heads of institutions 

In preparation for the general elections the Department of State Services (DSS) has held a four-day strategic workshop for its state directors of security and heads of institutions.

DSS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dr Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a press statement, Monday in Abuja.

“Between January 18 and 21, 2023, the Department of State Services (DSS) at its National Headquarters, Abuja, held a four-day strategic workshop for its state directors of security and heads of institutions. The workshop was part of the Service’s preparedness for the general elections,” the statment read in part.

He said, “During the exercise, the Chairman of  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, presented a keynote address on the preparation of the commission towards the election.

“He assured the DSS of the commission’s determination to deliver free, fair and credible election. Also, the INEC, through its Director of Legal, Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola, educated participants on the Electoral Act 2022 and its implications for Security agencies.

“The Service reviewed the security situation in the country and assured INEC of its support which is in line with the President’s pronouncement to the world to bequeath a free and fair election.”

The spokesperson further disclosed that, “As part of related trainings and courses outlined for personnel for the period, a capacity building seminar in Public Relations was declared open by the DGSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, today,  January 23, 2023,  for mid-level officers drawn from the State Commands. Resource persons from the media, public relations practice and the academia are participating in the seminar.

“The DGSS used the occasions to reiterate the need for professionalism and neutrality of personnel in the discharge of the service’s mandate before, during and after the general elections.

“Of note was that at the end of the strategic workshop, participants pledged to work in collaboration with sister agencies, INEC and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that peaceful elections are conducted across the country.”

Afunanya noted that in a related development, the DSS on January 16, 2023, commenced a two-week joint service training programme at the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Abuja.

“Participants are drawn from the country’s Armed Forces, Police and other law enforcement and response agencies. The Course was initiated by the Service to strengthen interagency relations in view of their separate and combined roles in the forthcoming elections.

“The Joint Service Course is designed to promote interagency collaboration and efficiency during the elections,” he added.