The District Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the Bole District of the Savannah Region, has taken its campaign on violent extremism to the Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) in the District.
The campaign, which seeks to sensitise the public on the dangers of violent extremism and foster national cohesion and peaceful co-existence, has seen the NCCE engaging various stakeholders across the country.
The programme which was dubbed “Preventing Electoral Violent And Providing Security to the Northern Border Regions of Ghana (NORPREVSEC)”, was held at the Bole District Assembly Hall on November 10,2021.
The Bole District Police Commander, DSP Benjamin Buxton speaking to the participants noted that the security agencies within the Bole enclave are working very hard to curbing crime whiles putting much focus on the border communities within the District.
He stated that the police is ever ready to join hands with other agencies to fight terrorism and therefore called on the public and residents within the District not to hesitate in feeding them with crucial information pertaining to crime and its perpetrators.
However, he emphasized the need for parents to be vigilant on the activities of their kids due to the current cases of kidnapping, different forms of fraud and the recruitment of the youth into armed robbery and terrorism gangs among other unaccepted associations.
The Savannah Regional NCCE Director, Mr. Issaka Zator blamed the involvement of the youth in activities of violent extremism on unemployment which terrorists based on to radicalize the youth to accept their ideologies.
“Violent extremism and terrorism remain a threat to global peace and stability and Africa is now becoming the home of this activities due to its porous borders, ill-equiped security forces coupled with lack of economic opportunities thereby making Africa a potential breeding ground for such activities”,he bemoaned .
He however disclosed that the goal of NORPREVSEC is to fight against trans-national organized crime while promoting respect for human right and the rule of law hence the need for all stakeholders to bring their hands on deck to help achieve this goal.
He therefore called on the government and other relative organisations to put in place policies that will provide employment to the teaming youth and to also beef up the security apparatus in the country in other to prevent acts of violent extremism or better still putting the various security agencies into the right state to fight any unforseen circumstances.
Source: yagbonradioonline/Issah Zakaria