The Minister of the Interior and Decentralization, Mr. Hamadou Adamou Souley, chaired yesterday morning in Niamey, the official launch ceremony of the work to popularize the revised national internal security strategy (SNSI), and the national strategy proximity security (SNSP). The objective assigned to this meeting is to bring the actors concerned to take ownership of the two documents for a better security of the country by strengthening the relationship of mutual trust and cooperation between the FDS and the populations.
At the opening of the work, the Minister of the Interior and Decentralization recalled that in 2017, Niger adopted a national internal security strategy which establishes an adequate legal framework and reference on the governance of the internal security sector. This document, he said, is part of the implementation of Niger’s renaissance program. The national internal security strategy stems from the concern of the public authorities to harmonize all the means of the State and of the partners intended for the security sector in order to prevent and effectively combat insecurity in all its forms.
Mr. Hamadou Adamou Souley indicated that, to achieve its objectives, the national strategy for internal security identified the need to involve grassroots communities in the integrated management of internal security. To do this, he said, it has specifically provided for the implementation of the approach of community policing or security depending on urban, rural or pastoral areas. The Minister of the Interior was later to point out that after five (5) years of its implementation, although the results achieved in several areas are highly appreciable. It should be recognized that efforts remain to be made.
For his part, the country representative of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Mr. Nourdine Harouna Abdou, recalled that the institute has been working in Niger since 2016 through the dialogue program on justice and security. (JSD), implemented in partnership with the support network for local initiatives in Niger (RAIL) and the contribution of the Ministry of the Interior and the Defense and Security Forces. He then notified that the Justice and Security Dialogue Program (JSD) is a program that aims to contribute to building trust and collaboration between communities and defense and security forces through the implementation of establishment of permanent frameworks for dialogue for the concerted management of the security concerns experienced by the populations of Niger.
Through its participatory and inclusive approach, added Mr. Nourdine, the program (JSD) works directly with all local actors, namely civil society organizations, young people, women, customary chiefs, religious leaders. , local elected officials, administrative authorities, defense and security forces. These actors receive support from the program through capacity building and technical and financial support to enable them to participate actively in security within a framework of collaboration with the FDS. It is within this framework that the institute supported the process of drawing up the national local security strategy (SNSP).
The USIP country representative declared that the success of the implementation of these two strategies necessarily depends on their appropriation by all the actors both at the community level and at the level of the FDS themselves. Ultimately, he reassured that the launch of the process of popularizing these strategies at the level of all the regions of Niger will mark the beginning of this work that will be carried out by the technical steering committee in order to ensure that the greatest number has had access to the contents of said strategies.