The Department of State Services, DSS, on Thursday, announced the appointment of Mr. P. N. Ifunanya as its new spokesman, Public Relations Officer.
By this development, Afunanya replaces Mr. Tony Opuiyo, who had in the past three years been signing off statements for the secret police.
According to a statement released by the DSS Public Relations Department in Abuja, “Afunanya obtained the following degrees: BA. English (1997) from the Abia State University, Uturu; MA. English (2009), University of Uyo; and MA. Peace and Strategic Studies (2011), University of Ilorin”.
He was said to be pursuing a PhD in Security and Strategic Studies at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the DSS’ in-house magazine – The Triple S.
Besides, the newly appointed spokesman, 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 has attended are on Leadership, Arbitration, Conflict Management/Resolution, Negotiation and Public Communication among others.
The new spokesman is a member of: 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).
The statement revealed Afunanya’s hobbies to include: travelling, meeting people, reading, walking and photography.