In order to influence security advocacy and enlightenment among the youthful population in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole, the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) has thrown its weight behind the Miss Security Nigeria 2021, Nigeria’s first ever and only beauty pageant centrally focused on national security. The contest for 20 young, upwardly mobile, intelligent, and beautiful ladies will promote value orientation, civic engagement, and build public trust/confidence in our various security agencies. It will also engender the concepts of conversation and negotiation among the youthful population as a way of getting them engaged in security-building efforts.
Speaking on the exceptional support, the Executive Secretary/CEO of Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun affirmed that a society is not security-smart after the crime but before the incident. Thus, Nigeria should adopt preventive security measures, of which the task of security advocacy and education is crucial. He commended the idea behind Miss Security Nigeria (MSN) because it has great value to impacting the mission of LSSTF.
Dr. Balogun shared: ‘Security is the duty of everyone. Nigeria should begin to adopt preventive measures to security rather than wait for the crime to be committed before she pushes. The measures should include something as fundamental and critical to preventive security as observation.’
‘For example, a five-year-old child in America will likely be able to describe a criminal to a police artist. This will enable the artist arrive at a sketch that may disclose the identity of the assailant. This could enable the security agency to accost the suspect. But not in Nigeria, even a 60-year old man may not be able to do that’, remarked the Head of the interventionist agency.
On the essence of the Miss Security Nigeria, the Project Director, Oki Samson noted: ‘the pageant is premised on the understanding of the huge influence which entertainment and celebrity status has among young people. The one who wins the royal crown among the 20 ladies who are contesting for the prestigious title tagged ‘Beauty Meets Intelligence’ will over the course of one year, take on the challenge of reaching out to the public. This will be done through various onsite avenues and online platforms to spread the message of national safety and security.’
‘It intends to ensure that Nigerian youths see security as a matter of priority, It takes a security-conscious people to work with a security-conscious force to become a security-conscious society,’ Mr. Oki concluded.
Expected in attendance at Miss Security Nigeria 2021 are high profile senior officers from the military, paramilitary, security personalities, CEO/Executive Secretary of Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdulrrazaq Balogun, Vice Chairman, Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oyo State, Oba Francis Olushola Alao, General Manager, Lagos Neighborhood Safety Agency, Dr. Ifalade Oyekan, DCP Kirikiri Females Prison, DCP Ekpendu Lizzie, HRH Queen Mother Temitope Ajayi (Mama Diaspora), President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene, HRH Hon. Igwe Kelvin, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, Dr. Barr. Monday Ubani, Chief Abimbola Aboderin, Hon. Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun, Prince Saheed Kekere Ekun, Hon Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba, Chief Elizabeth Mojekwu, Mr. Matthew Ibadin, Prince Fuhad Oloto, Hajia Juwarat Enehezeyi Abdulsalam, Prince Ifeanyi Princeclass, Hajia Raliat Abdulsalam, among other captain of industries. The event will hold at Lagos NUT Pavilion Conference Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on Sunday 10th October 2021 at 3pm.