The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) held the second edition of the Workshop on “Security and Human Rights” for Government Security Agencies (GSAs).
Eni manages its security operations in accordance with international Human Rights standards and the guidelines set out by the Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights (VPSHR). As a confirmation of this commitment, Eni delivers training initiatives for public and private security forces to raise their awareness on the respect and promotion of Human Rights in the exercise of their daily operations and during events considered most at risk. Training is carried out in Eni subsidiaries both in Italy and abroad.
Within this framework, from 14 to 18 October 2019, Eni in Nigeria held the second edition of the Workshop on “Security and Human Rights” for Government Security Agencies (GSAs).
The workshop was organized according to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and delivered by a security and human rights expert, Raoul Forster from Safestainability, a consultancy that specializes in the management of non-financial risks, utilizing “a systematic and integrated approach that incorporates the respect of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights principles, active stakeholder dialogue and existing best practices into security management”.
The event aimed to enhance understanding on how to respect Human Rights during security operations. In attendance were participants from the Nigerian Army, Air force, Navy, and Police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the National Human Rights Commission. The 5-day Workshop gathered over 600 attendees.
While welcoming participants, Eni Senior Vice President on Security, Mr. Alfio Rapisarda, appreciated the participation of the members of the various GSAs, and stressed the importance of Human Rights to the concept of Security. NAOC Managing Director/Vice Chairman, Mr. Lorenzo Fiorillo, thanked Eni for its continued support for the workshop and revealed how the success of the maiden edition of the Workshop in 2017 had motivated the company to do more. He also remarked that in all its operations Eni is committed to promote and respect human rights as inalienable rights and incorporates them as fundamental company values. He stated that the respect for human rights will continue to drive NAOC’s cooperation and daily interactions with all stakeholders at all times, so as to ensure a harmonious and peaceful environment with our local communities. Finally he acknowledged the sacrifices made by security personnel in the course of discharging their duties.
In response, the representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Tariworio Dick, expressed his pleasure on the initiative of NAOC in having this workshop, and thanked the management of the company.