The lecture is in response to the challenges posed by insecurity and emerging insecurity to governments and people, arising from urban development and disturbing levels of poverty in the rural areas.
In a joint statement issued in Accra on Tuesday and copied to the GNA and signed by Dr Theresa Oppong Beeko, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Awards, Mr. Patrick Agbambu, the International Coordinator of Security Watch Africa, said the idea behind both events was borne out of “our desire to see a safe and secured Africa that we dream of”.
“More worrisome is the high degree of insecurity of lives and property of our peoples in the continent.”
The statement said the Lecture and Award would bring together renowned African leaders, international speakers, opinion leaders and the mass media to proffer solutions to the emerging threat of insecurity confronting the African continent.
The lecture that is under the theme: “Developing Regional Strategies and Best Practices in the Fight Against Crimes and Conflicts in Africa”, is expected to draw high profile security chiefs and their officers from across Africa, particularly, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia, The Gambia, Ethiopia and Zambia.
The awards ceremony will be chaired by the former Gambian President, Sir Dawda Jawara.
Security Watch Africa Awards started in 2004 and the Lecture series in 2005. The Awards aims at recognizing, appreciating, encouraging and celebrating individuals, groups, agencies as well as organizations, which have excelled in security administration, operations, practice and governance in Africa.
The lecture series also seek to identify security problems affecting Africa and her people and proffer actionable solutions, drawing from the wealth of experience of security decision makers and professionals, both within and outside the continent.
Past award winners from Ghana include Business mogul Alhaji Asuma Banda, Former Vice president Alhaji Aliu Mahama, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, former President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Felix Anya, Chief Executive Officer of the Holy Trinity Spa and Health Farm, the Manet Group, Ghana Airports Company and Exim Guaranty Ltd among others.
Security Watch Africa is a media NGO based in Nigeria but covers issues and events across Africa. The Security Watch Africa Lecture and Awards have been hosted in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and the Gambia.
The SWA Initiatives also include a television programme running for the past 15 years on Africa Independent television, AIT beamed worldwide via satellite and DSTV and equally publish a security magazine circulated all over Africa.