Federal Gov’t addressing violent extremism from bottom up – Laka

The National Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Maj. Gen. Adamu Laka, has said the Federal Government is deliberately addressing the root causes of terrorism through policies and strategies from bottom to the top.

Laka said this at a validation workshop on the country’s needs assessment between the NCTC and Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said the policies are aimed at addressing root causes of violent extremism from bottom up, adding that the Country Needs Assessment was a continuation of the efforts of GCERF in funding Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism projects to build resilience against terrorism in a bid to ensure safer communities in Nigeria.

According to him, the meeting will be characterised by reviews of previous finding, assessment of ongoing initiatives, potential future investment on PCVE and other relevant issues.

“In consonant, I also want to reiterate the FGN’s stance on counter-terrorism through policies and strategies aimed at addressing root causes from bottom up as prioritised in the Policy Framework and Nation Action Plans for PCVE.

“The enactment of the TPPA 2022, the signing of the handover protocol on the handling children associated with armed conflict in the country/ LCB region, the development of the Nigeria Call for Action, among others, he said.

Laka urged all stakeholders to bring their expertise to bear, enhance collaboration to further sharpen strategies and expand scope for more impactful PCVE efforts across the regions in Nigeria.

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