Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), has been appointed as Chairperson of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA).
PR Nigeria report that Rufai, takes-over from Mr. B. K. Likando of the Namibia Central Intelligence Service, was unanimously adopted as CISSA Chairperson by the fifty-two (52) members of the security services body, at CISSA’s 16th Ordinary Conference.
CISSA, a continental organisation was established in Abuja in 2004, following a decision of the African Union (AU) Summit convened in Nigeria’s capital city fifteen years ago.
This year’s security meeting taking place in Abuja is themed: “Illicit Financial Outflows from Africa and Their Impact on National Security and Development.”
Speaking on this year’s conference, the Executive Secretary of CISSA Mr. Shimeles W. Semayat, explained that the creation of CISSA was informed by the realization that the security threats confronting Africa were increasingly becoming transnational and borderless in nature.
Hence the need for the continent’s Intelligence and Security Services to cooperate and coordinate their efforts through collaboration action in order to respond effectively to the security needs of the continent and individual member countries.
“One of the key objectives of CISSA is to provide intelligence support to the African Union leadership in its efforts to maintain peace, security and stability in Africa by means of prevention, management and resolution of conflicts and elimination of all forms of security threats on the continent.
“In this regard, CISS functions as a ‘Silent Pillar of the AU Peace and Security Architecture’ and provides strategic and predictive intelligence to the AU Commission, in particular the Peace and Security Council (PSC), for informed policy decision-making relating to the maintenance of peace, security and stability on the continent,” he said.
Semayat, the Executive-Secretary of CISSA, said the Conference which is slated to hold between the 17th and 20th of July, will be declared opened by President Muhammadu Buhari, who will also deliver a keynote address at the event.
“During the closed session, participants at the Conference will deliberate on major issues of security concern on the continent and adopt appropriate strategies to deal with the various threats to peace, security and stability in Africa,” he added.
PRNigeria gathered that the NIA Director-General, will provide strategic leadership and guidance to the organization in carrying out its core mandate of ensuring peace, security and stability in Africa until next year conference