16 Jan New security plan in place for TotalEnergies CAF AFCON
The TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations is Africa’s biggest energy event and attracts thousands of visitors around the world.
Now, it’s working on stricter measures to ensure that those who visit the venue can experience a safer and more secure stay.
Dr Christian Emeruwa, Head of Safety and Security at CAF, released a statement when speaking to CAFOnline about its new safety and security arrangement ahead of the start of the 34th AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire this month.
Dr Emeruwa explained that CAF will be working closely with the Local Organising Committee, Government and Safety and Security agencies to ensure that visitors are safe at TotalEnergies CAF AFCON.
This comes after the organisation conducted several site inspections and training workshops across five host cities in the last year to make sure that the locations reach the standards of CAF to host AFCON.
He said: “This TotalEnergies AFCON is one that will be witnessing a very robust safety and security arrangement by CAF that has ever been seen in Africa. We have been working very closely with the COCAN safety and security commission to develop a comprehensive safety and security concept to be used in the delivery of this event. CAF has provided expert support services and so from our part, we have developed this concept and embarked on a series of trainings in supporting COCAN by training all venue safety and security officers across the host cities, hotel security coordinators, training site security coordinators, escort commanders of all teams and match officials.
“Just recently in November, we were here in Cote d’Ivoire to provide additional support training in the areas. These capacity trainings are required for a delivery of a safe AFCON. We have gone a step ahead to involve sensitisation with all the prefectures like the governors of each city to talk about what we expect from the help of Government in respect to safety and security.”