Please join our next meeting over Zoom (no in-person meeting) where we will have Joseph Obiora Ezezue speak on “Insecurity in Lake Chad Basin States, and Possible Way Forward”.
Joseph joined the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP in 2020 after retiring from the military. He has a background in international affairs, defence and conflict management. In the UNDP, as part of the Regional Stabilisation Facility Programme (RSF), they support the Lake Chad Basin states (comprising Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, and Niger), currently facing serious humanitarian crises with programmes to help with early recovery, reintegration and stabilization.
The LCBC area is experiencing a complex security situation including violent extremism. In line with the UN concepts of ‘how to stay instead of how to leave, and no programme without security’, Joseph contributed to the security component to programmes design, implementations and reviews. These ensure that the organization can achieve its strategic objectives in the LCBC sub-region with the assurance of safety and security of the personnel, assets and programmes. And so far, they have successfully executed RSF programmes to help civilian populations in Diffa in Niger; BAY states of Nigeria; Far-North Region of Cameroon; and the Lake /Hadjar Lamis Provinces of Chad. Several projects are still ongoing in the sub-region to help in deradicalization and reintegration, housing, healthcare, governance, security sector, waste management, education, livelihood, etc.
In the military, Joseph specialized in intelligence, military police and sub-surface warfare. He commanded several positions and participated in several operations such as counterinsurgency/counterterrorism, maritime interdiction, counterpiracy, internal security and humanitarian relief operations. He was in combat during the conflict between Nigeria and Cameroon over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula. Joseph participated in the DDR programme for the Niger Delta militants during the Nigerian government’s amnesty programme. He also served in the UN mission in Cote d’Ivoire as a military observer until it was successfully ended in 2017. As a trained GENAD, he supported the Nigerian Navy with the concept of gender in military operations. He was a military instructor and served as SME for G5 Sahel.