Buhari launches national management doctrine – The Sun Nigeria

From JUliana Taiwo-ObalonyeAbuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the National Crisis Management Doctrine (NCMD), which he says aims to bridge the security service gap by encouraging collaboration across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The NCMD, which was developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in coordination with the concerned MDAs, would ensure greater successes in tackling the national crisis.

According to a statement by the President’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari at the launch, which was held at the State House, praised the efforts of National Security Advisor Maj. Gen. Babagana. Monguno (retired), his staff and the task force members of various sponsoring MDAs for the outstanding work in developing doctrine.

He described this achievement as a milestone in recognizing the need for coordinated, effective and efficient national crisis management.

“It shows the renewed promise and commitment of this administration to manage the crisis in the country,” he said, while urging ONSA to continue to play its coordinating role among the actors in the response to the crisis to achieve greater success.

President Buhari also thanked the UK government for their help in developing the doctrine, as well as the US government for their support, and urged them to maintain the relationship.

He recalled that at the start of his administration, Nigeria faced multiple security challenges including terrorism, kidnappings, armed banditry, ethnic militia attacks, oil theft, rape, drug smuggling. weapons and other acts of violent extremism.

“The emergence of the terrorist group Boko Haram as well as bandits and kidnappers in Nigeria has dramatically changed the security situation in the country, creating panic in the minds of the people.

“These and other security challenges facing the nation tend to stretch the deployment of our security agencies, resources and national security apparatus.

“Due to the dynamics of these crises, the Office of the National Security Advisor revised the National Counterterrorism Strategy (NACTEST) which I approved in August 2016.

“In this strategy, some workstreams include the Preparedness and Implementation streams which aim to mitigate the impact of terrorist attacks by building resilience and redundancies to ensure business continuity; and a framework for mobilizing coordinated intergovernmental efforts respectively. In its remarks, the NSA explained that work on the doctrine began in 2014 but was boosted after the President approved the revised NACTEST, which has five work streams, namely: Prevent, Secure, Identify, Prepare and enforce.

He said NCMD, which is a subset of NACTEST, completes workflows to “prepare” and “implement.”

“The doctrine provides a detailed methodology for responding to national crises, describing how the various MDAs involved should interact at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.

“It should be noted that the NCMD can be used to manage both malicious threats and civil emergencies due to the general principles outlined therein.”

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