I am thankful and excited for the many partnerships that The Shield Safety Foundation (aka) TSSFNigeria has developed over the years not only with federal and state agencies, but also with community partners. TSSF was established in 2001 and was registered as Non-Governmental Organisation in August 2015 by the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria. The Shield Safety Foundation has a mission to promote the health, safety and well-being of Nigerians through prevention, protection, provision, research, education service and advocacy.
Sometimes around 2015 things began to change in Nigeria, there were widespread kidnapping, banditry and recurring cycles of deadly violence between herdsmen and farmers. The clampdown on peaceful protests, arrest and detention of activists, and media repression signified a renewed intolerance of free speech and dissent by Nigerian authorities. In 2018, TSSF convened the Community Safety Committee to develop the first local strategy for community safety and crime prevention. The primary goal of this committee was to bring individuals, agencies and organisations together in an atmosphere of support to build on existing community assets while recognising the challenges that cannot be solved in isolation.
The report represents almost 12 months of dedicated effort by the community Safety committee and offers a collective view of what is going well in Nigeria, what needs to improve and recommendation for what should be done moving forward. The committee report captures community feedback significant local data, and research on effective principles of practices in community safety and crime prevention. Based on the committee's mandate, it proposes potential roles and responsibilities for implementing the strategy in terms of actions, governance, and funding. The resulting Community Safety Strategic Report is an actionable strategic planning document that provides both a background on the community and a sound basis for implementing sustainable solutions for community safety in Nigeria. There are many views as to what prevents crime and what makes a community safe. Amongst these is the strategy of municipal policy making and implementation, including increased policing, to create a safer community in Nigeria. Our grass roots approach to change allows us to know the people, the problems and the potential of each community we serve, wherever we go, we act and feel like a local non-governmental organisation. Our staff live within community and learn all the hopes and challenges each community faces.
Together, we can create a social and physical environment that promotes the well-being and equity of our entire community. As a Foundation and with our strong Christian believes, we are committed to bringing hope to the Nation's most vulnerable families. We accept families of all faiths in our programs. We aim to make all aspect of our work both transparent and trustworthy. Our staffs and volunteers are constantly sharing the hope of brighter future through literacy programs protecting families and children in conflict zones, serving children and young children from long lasting effects of malnutrition, and providing food and essential needs to children and families. The people who partner with us are included on a journey of meaningful change for the world's poorest population.
I am proud to be part of this community, and my hope is that you are too. If we continue to share our time talent and resources, we can improve the quality of life for everyone who calls our community home.
Prince Remi Adewuyi
President & CEO
The Shield Safety Foundation