Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:49

JUST IN: Presidency Approves Special Funding For Fight Against Terrorism

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The federal government has approved special funding for countering extremism across Nigeria - The announcement was made by the national security adviser - According to the NSA, all relevant MDAs are required to include in their subsequent annual budgets, proposals for such allocations The presidency has approved a special funding for the fight against terrorism in the country especially the northeast region.

The federal government also said the development is part of the implementation of a national action plan on preventing and countering violent extremism in the country which will see relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) playing key roles in the fight against terrorism. Speaking at a three-day special training workshop for MDAs and Civil Society Organisations, the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said all relevant MDAs were required to include in their subsequent annual budgets, proposals for necessary allocations. Vanguard reports that Monguno said the plan would be guided by core national values as social justice, religious tolerance among others.”

"Following the Presidential directive to the Policy Framework, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies are expected to mainstream the Policy Framework into their annual programs and ensure implementation. “All Relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies are required to include in their annual budgets Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Tasks for implementation as identified in Part 3 of the National Action Plan," Monguno said. “‘National Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Steering Committee will be constituted to oversee implementation of the National Action Plan- the committee will include representation from civil society. "Wide consultation is ongoing to ensure that competent Nigerians in and out of government sit on the Committee. Some of you nominated for this training will serve on the steering committee. “The Strategic Communication Inter-Agency Policy Committee ( SC-IPC) will provide agency-wide support and coordination of communication initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism.

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