Lagos, April 17, 2019 Security experts on Wednesday in Lagos said that a multifaceted approach was needed to tackle the challenges facing community cohesion.
The experts made the assertion at the 9th Securex West Africa Exhibitions and Conference, which encompassed fire and rescue, commercial, homeland and cyber security organised by Afrocet Montgomery at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island..
Community cohesion can be referred to the aspect of togetherness and bonding exhibited by members of a community, the “glue” that holds a community together, they said.
Mr Kunle Olawunmi, an Associate Professor, Novena University, Ogume, Delta, said that community security could not go without social cohesion.
According to him, there is a link between security bond inclusive development, as its lack has to do with the problem that communities are facing.
“Community security can be conflict-related, it can be disaster-related, poverty-related and negligence-related. There is need to educate the masses.
“Instead of having cohesion in communities; what exists is people, most especially the youth fighting for power, resources, success and others.
“The key thing needed is social cohesion and this goes beyond the use of police and courts,” he said.
Olawunmi said that to tackle these challenges, having a good leader was of utmost importance.
In his contribution, Mr Olufemi Ajayi, Managing Director, Risk Control Services Nigeria, said that there was the need to address the fundamental problem which had to do with politics.
Ajayi said that there should be a security system that was abreast of these problems and would proffer solutions to tackling them.
“The security system in the country is dysfunctional and it is within our context to control, they are not allowed to work effectively on their own,” he said.
Capt. Aliyu Umar, Chief Executive Officer, Goldwater and Riversands Consults, said that a lot of things needed to unfold for community cohesion to exist.
According to him, inclusive governance is important but there is the need to build on the youth capacity.
“A country or nation is never greater than the youth. The youth are the ones that will either build or rock the country and so the need to keep them motivated.
“There is no form of connection between the youth and the leaders, the future of the country lies with the youth, so the need to educate, arm them with knowledge and provide for them.
“There is the need for mentorship for youths, what we have in the country is godfatherism,” he said.
Ms Florence Kayemba, Programme Manager, Stakeholders Democracy Network, said that there was the need to look at the root causes of the greviances of the youth.
According to her, government should come out with pilot programmes that will help to integrate the youth after looking into their conflict.
“Historical, political, social and economic factors are some of the factors that move people apart.
“In dealing with communities that have lost trust for themselves, a multifaceted approach is needed to tackle these challenges,” she said.