DSS gets new spokesman Posted By: Divine Etim, Editor, Abia state On: August 16, 2018 In: Featured , News Update

The Acting Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Mr. Matthew Seiyefa, has approved appointment of a veteran public relations practitioner, Mr. P. N. Afunanya as the agency’s spokesman.
Since the exit of Ms Marilyn Ogar who served as DSS spokesperson during the stint of Mr. Ita Ekpenyong at DSS three years ago, the agency under Lawal Daura used a pseudo character, Tony Opuiyo, as its spokesman.
Nonetheless, a statement from the DSS Public Relations Department stated on Thursday that Mr. Afunanya is replacing Opuiyo.
According to the statement, Afunanya was the Editor of the DSS’ in-house magazine, “The Triple S” – a publication which did not find favour under Daura.
The statement said: “He has attended several courses within and outside Nigeria namely: Innovation and Strategy at Harvard University, Boston, USA; Security Management and Coordination, London and Investigative Journalism at City University, London.
“Other courses he attended are on Leadership, Arbitration, Conflict Management/Resolution, Negotiation and Public Communication among others.”
According to the statement, Afunanya who is currently pursuing a PhD in Security and Strategic Studies at the Nassarawa State University, Keffi, has a Masters degree in English and another Masters in Peace and Strategic Studies.
He also belongs to the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NiCarb), Nigerian Red Cross (NRC), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Nigerian Institute for Industrial Security (NIIS), Society for Peace Scholars and Practice (SPSP), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and he is a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration (ICA).

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