Thursday 26 May 2022


On the 23rd of May 2022, I was the anchor at the Civil-Military Summit on Security & Elections with theme: 'Securing the electoral process, infrastructure & integrity in Nigeria through civil-military cooperation (CIMICO): 2023 in focus'. The convener of the summit was Engr. Adams Otakwu.

                              Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa (Anchor), speaking @ the Summit

In his opening address, the Convener, Engr. Adams Otakwu called attention to the fact that the Summit was a follow-up to the inaugural conference of CIMICO held between the 28th and 30th of March 'to foster civil-military cooperation and galvanise the entire citizenry to own, work together and win the war on insecurity. CIMICO is a all-encompassing initiative to protect national interest, security and assets, including elections.' 

Adams reminded the audience that elections in Nigeria in the post-independence era have more often than not, been marred by various degrees of violent confrontation in the build-up,during elections and the immediate post election period. A stable and sovereign country must be in place in the first instance before anyone can freely canvass for votes, conduct or win elections...   

Three major topics were discussed:

*Towards the 2023 elections in Nigeria: Preparedness & challenges - ACP  N.A. Sabo (Repesentative of the I.G. of Police)

*Quality assurance & integrity of the 2023 elections: The role of citizens & stakeholders - Auwal Rafsanjani, ED, Civil Society Legislative & Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) & Chair BOT Amnesty International/Member Transparency International

*Safeguarding elections from foreign interference - Prof. Godswill Nnaji, 1st Chairman Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC)

Photo 3rd L-R: Engr. Comrade Adams Otakwu (Convener), Dame Pauline Tallen (Minister for Women Affairs), Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa (Independent Conflict Transformation Strategist & Former Director, Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja/Anchor...

Some of the participants are:

*Dame Pauline Tallen - Minister of Women Affairs

*Major-General M.A. Alkali - Representative of INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakub

*Barr. Mohammed Abubakar - Former Governor, Bauchi state

*Samuel Victor Makwe, Nigeria's Permanent Mission to ECOWAS - Representative of H.E. Amb Musa Sani Nuhu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to ECOWAS

*Engr. Comrade Adams Otakwu - Engineer/Convener

*Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa - Independent Conflict Transformation Strategist & Former Director, IPCR, Abuja/Anchor

*Amb. Gabriel Aduda - Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

*ACP N.A. Sabo - Representative of the IG of Police

*Col. Melvin Usman (Rtd) - Special Adviser to the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Strategic Security

*Agrih Dauda Sukukum - Representative of the DG, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Gabriel Abari/

*Assistant Corps Marshall - Representative of the Corps Marshall Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)

*Dahiru Isan Goronyo - Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of defense

*Col p. Elayo, Deputy Director, Civil Sponsorship Desk, Civil-Military Affairs, Dept. of Civil Affairs, Army HQs

*Col. T.O. Bukoye - Director, Special Forces Operations, Nigeria Army HQs

*Ms. Ene Ede - Development Programming Strategist

*Peace Corps of Nigeria 

*Sowo Smart - Centre for Prison Reforms & Inmates' Rights (CENPRIR)

*Amb. Richards Amanze - Whistle Blowers Anti-Corruption Reporting Network

Some of the issues addressed by various speakers were:

-Prebendalism (money politics) and its negative effects on election outcomes in Nigeria.

-The need for collaboration between/among the armed forces before, during and after the elections.

-Desperation of candidates could affect the quality of elections.

-Protection of voters.

-Negative effect of 'hate speech' in elections.

-Our elections need to be safeguarded against foreign interference.

-CIMICO need to intensify grassroots mobilisation towards elections.

It was indeed a fruitful summit that added a distinct voice to the on-going discourse on electoral integrity...

                                                              Dayo @ the Summit

                                                                Dayo @ the Summit




Sunday 22 May 2022


The setting up of Task Forces on Human Trafficking in some states in Nigeria is indeed a viable strategy for improving response to trafficking in persons in Nigeria. I was a valued facilitator at the UN Office on Drug & Crime (UNODC)/National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) workshop on 'Victim identification, rescue, report and referral/review of findings of needs assessment/process of work planning/2022 alignment with the National Action Plan (NAP)'. The workshop was held between the 16th and 20th of May 2022 at Sunview hotel, Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria. My 64th birthday fell on 17th May, the second day of the workshop, and I was lavishly celebrated by colleagues and trainees. Once again, I thank you all...

Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa cutting her birthday cake provided by colleagues & trainees @ the workshop

Some of the facilitators were:

*Adeyinka Adeosun - UNODC

*Ms. Abimbola Adewunmi - UNODC

*Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa - Independent Conflict Transformation Strategist/Gender Specialist & Former Director, Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja

*Morka - UNODC Consultant

*Peter Essien - NAPTIP

*Effeh Ekrika - NAPTIP

*Hakeem Lawal - NAPTIP

*Ms. Helen Emuze - NAPTIP

*Ghada Fathy Ismail Waly - UNOV/UNODC Executive Director

*Diane Schmitt - EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

*Nadia Murad - UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking (Video Message)

*Justice Ayesha Malik - Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan

*Dr. Ibtisam Aziz - Chairperson of the GLO ACT Women's Network Advisory Board

During the workshop, trainees and facilitators joined two meetings via Zoom in order to have a feel of progress made by other countries like Pakistan, etc. on SGBV, referral and rescue of victims of human trafficking.

L-R: Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa & Ms. Abimbola Adewunmi (Programme Manager, UNODC). Bimbo was my student in the Dept. of Political Science, Lagos State University, LASU in the 1990s (this was a pleasant surprise for me @ the workshop)

Some of the papers delivered were:

*UNTOC Protocol on Trfficking in Persons/Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by land, sea and air.

*National framework on TIP
-The powers & functions of NAPTIP in line with the TIPPEA Act
-The structure of NAPTIP/Framework for cooperation with states

*Group work: Environment scanning - List of human trafficking & exploitation crimes in Ekiti and Ondo states.

*Refresher of knowledge of TIP and associated concepts

*The two papers I presented were: 
-Sexual and gender-based violence as an element of human trafficking
-Understanding exploitation and abuse in the context of human rights

*How to strengthen & increase cooperation & referral with NAPTIP

*Exchange of information on HT between state & federal actors

*Bridging the gap: Review of findings of needs assessment

On the whole the trainee Human Trafficking Task Forces in Ondo & Ekiti states underwent intensive training under the tutelage of experienced faculty members. They developed their work-plans for the 2022-2023 at the workshop. We look forward to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of their strides vis-a-vis their work-plans... 

L-R: Dayo & Mrs. Shirley Atane, a trainee & Special Assistant Gender & Legal Matters/SA to the Attorney-General of Ekiti state on Gender

L-R: Dayo & Mrs. Kemi Okupe, a trainee and Director Youth, Ondo state Ministry of Youth & Sports Development

                                  Colleagues & trainees celebrating Dayo on her 64th birtday

                                                               Dayo @ the workshop

                                          L-R: Yinka Adeosun (UNODC official) & Dayo

                                                     Dayo on the 4th day of the workshop