The Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) held a three-day on-site engagements with a delegation of the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) led by Ms Rachel Manis, Head -UN Programme on Threat Assessment Models (TAM) from Tuesday 1 to Thrusday 3 March, 2022 in Abuja.
Senior-level decision makers from ONSA (including National Intelligence Agency; Directorate of State Security Service); Ministry of Interior, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Aviation; Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria; Ministry of Defence; and Nigeria Customs joined in the discussion. The Nigerian team was led by the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd).
Among the objectives of the roundtable were to confirm the importance of national cooperation to prevent and counter terrorist threats to civil aviation; introduce stakeholders to programme objectives; secure top-level buy-in from all relevant government entities; and clarify senior executive-level role throughout the implementation process.
The outputs of these engagements are believed to feed into a holistic desk review and inform the Programme’s recommendations for the model that best fits the Government of Nigeria’s operational requirements, as well as the path for implementing the new structure.
The TAM Programme delivers training and technical assistance via an Integrated Project Team (IPT), which comprises operational-level personnel who serve as focal points from each participating agency.
The UNOCT Delegation was joined by Dr. Raffi Gregorian, Deputy to the Under Secretary General for UNOCT.