Omatseye Nesiama, a retired Navy Commodore, has been appointed to oversee the security affairs of the 4th Access Bank Lagos City Marathon scheduled for Feb. 2.
Nesiama, who headed the security committee for the first and second editions of the 42km race, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that he would put his expertise in security to ensure quality services.
Nesiama, who was visibly absent at the third edition said that he was back to run with the templates developed for the first and second editions.
“I could not take part in the third edition because I was engaged in some other critical ventures.
“But, I am back to run with the template developed for the first two editions that brought all relevant security stakeholders on the same page,” he said.
NAN reports that the first and second editions in the area of security were adjudged to have met international standard.
No fewer than 5,000 marathoners from about 45 countries have registered for the 2019 race.
Nesiama, who headed the security committee for the 2018 Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Championships held in Asaba, said that security for the marathon would be top-notched.
He specifically appreciated the Lagos State Police Commissioner who gave him good cooperation in the first two editions.
As part of preparation toward organising a hitch-free competition, Nesiama said that a crucial meeting with heads of security agencies in the state has been fixed for Jan. 16.
“There will be a crucial meeting on Wednesday in order to fine-tune strategies for protecting participants in the event,” he said.
Nesiama is a renowned security expert for major sports events and has managed the security of all Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s competitions from 2009 to 2017.
He was a one time Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence and a Counter Terrorism fellow of the George C Marshall Centre for Security Studies in Germany.
Apart from security, Nesiama is the only Nigerian certified and licensed International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes Manager.
He is an IAAF Lecturer and a CAA International Technical Official. He is also a member of the CAA Technical and Competitions Commission.