The Kogi state government has warmed politicians in the state against using youths to perpetuate political violence, saying that the government would henceforth take drastic action against perpetuators and their sponsors.
The Secretary to the state government, Dr. (Mrs) Folashade Arike Ayoade gave the government position on Tuesday in Lokoja, during the Lunch of the second phase of System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalization to Violent Extremism (SARVE), sponsored by Actionaid Nigeria.
While restating the commitment of the state government to partner with Actionaid to eliminate violent extremism and political thuggry from kogi State, Ayoade commended the organization for the successes of the first phase of the programme in the state.
She specifically charge mothers to guide there children so that they will not be led astray, saying that the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello abhors Violent extremism in all it’s ramifications.
Speaking during the launch, the country Director, ActionAid Nigeria Mrs Ene Obi said that the commencement of the implementation of the second phase of the project tagged “System and Structure Strengthening Approach against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism” SARVE 2 in Kogi and Nasarawa State, with approved amount of $2.5 million dollars was to build on the achievements recorded in the first phase of the SARVE project in kogi state.
The country Director who was represented by Actionaid Director of Programme, Tasallah Chibok, said that the 33-months project which was initially implemented in Kogi State from 2016 to 2018, has now been extended to Nasarawa State and will also cover more LGAs in Kogi state.
According to her, the project would reach 36,000 beneficiaries directly, by supporting the benefitting communities against injustice and inequalities through building
tolerance, strengthen community agencies where violent extremists exploit weak governance, and providing positive socio-economic alternatives and life skills to what violent extremists claim to offer.
“The second phase of the project was informed by the need to decrease vulnerability of at -risk young men and women to violent extremism, strengthen community systems and structures to address violent extremism, and to create an enabling environment for preventing violent extremism.
“The commencement of a second phase was as a result of the impact and achievements recorded in the first phase of the project.
It can be recalled that the first phase of the SARVE project was designed to systematically address the source of extreme restive violence that played out in Kogi state as a result of its numerous porous borders by digging deep into the fundamental causes of the type of violence in the state and to create workable community driven solutions to prevent and address internal conflicts and general restiveness.
“The first phase successfully reached 12,985 youths, 4,230 women and 8,705 men directly with capacity building, sensitisation programmes and socio-economic empowerment. During its first phase, the project set up 9 mini cottage industries (including: rice milling, cassava processing, bakery and block moulding factories in the communities where it was implemented) which contributed to raising more Kogi women and youths above the poverty line.
She said The project also leveraged on the “catch them young” principle by reaching children aged 6-16 through peace clubs in schools to make them peace ambassadors from a young age.
According Ene Obi ActionAid Nigeria in partnership with her Kogi State Local Rights Partner; Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) and Global Peace Development (GPD) in Nasarawa State will be implementing the second phase of the project in Kogi and Nasarawa states respectively.
She noted that the project will also work closely with the office of the Governors, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant MDAs, Community Based Organisations and youth groups in the states to achieve the set target.
While stating that the project implementation will be for 33 months, April 2019 – December 2021 which would be implemented in 6 LGAs in Kogi State (Igalamela/Odolu, Ankpa, Adavi, Okehi, Lokoja and Kogi) and 6 LGAs (Obi, Lafia, Nassarawa-Eggon, Akwanga, Toto and Nassarawa) in Nasarawa State.Share this on WhatsApp