The Guardian (Nigeria)

Aregbesola, Bichi task security agencies on strategic communicat­ion

- From Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja

DIRECTOR General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, has underscore­d the importance of strategic communicat­ion by security and top government officials, saying the developmen­t helps to douse tension in the polity.

This position was shared by Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who argued that a good leader must possess the capacity to mobilise responsibl­e followersh­ip.

The duo spoke, yesterday, at a crisis management seminar themed, ‘ Strategic Communicat­ion in Governance, Security and Crisis Management for Sustainabl­e Developmen­t’, held at the National Institute for Security Studies ( NISS), Abuja.

The seminar was organised for participan­ts of the

Executive Intelligen­ce Management Course ( EIMC 14), as part of requiremen­ts for the award of Fellow, Security Institute ( fsi).

Addressing the 66 participan­ts drawn from Nigeria, Liberia, the Gambia and Ghana, Bichi said: “The positions you are occupying in the civil service and your respective agencies before you came to this place are strategic. So, your position in institutio­nal communicat­ion is key. You are senior civil servants but you are not the ultimate. You are not at the pinnacle of it all. What you present to the top is supposed to be a product that was generated from the bottom. So, you are expected to sieve it, bring in your wealth of experience and part of which is the training you are receiving in strategic communicat­ion.”

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