The Nigerian army Resource Centre (NARC)today Wednesday,9 November 2022 held the Second Edition of its Visiting Scholars’ Lecture Series at Hall A, TY Buratai Block of the Centre. Presentations were made by two of the visiting scholars.
The first lecture was delivered by Dr Abubakar Boyi Sifawa, a Senior Research Fellow at the centre. The Dr’s presentation discussed the Imperative for Counselling in the Armed Forces of Nigeria. In the rcourse of the lecture, Dr Sifawa was able to expand on the functions and duties of counsellors, the various roles which they play in society and their impact on the general society. Dr Sifawa also discussed the various challenges that necessitate the intervention of counsellors and how this is also relevant within the armed forces. The need for the armed forces to have special counselling units was further discussed and recommendations were made.
The last lecture was delivered by Prof Tajudeen Akanji, another Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the centre. The Prof’s lecture was titled ‘Nigeria’s Emerging Security Threats Profile: The Imperatives for an Integrated Institutional Approach to Management’. In the course of the lecture, Prof was able to identify the various security challenges that bedevil Nigeria and the manner in which a variety of factors serve to exarcerbate these challenges. The lecture also discussed the discrepancies in Nigeria’s legal and organizational frameworks which serve to hamper the securitization effort and makes the challenge of improving security in Nigeria more gargantuan. At the end, recommendations were made and robust discussions were had on how to address these important issues and improve the nation’s security.