ActionAid gets $2.5m for community engagement against radicalism.
ActionAid Nigeria has secured $2.5million grant from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), for a three-year community engagement programme in Kogi and Nassarawa states.
Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Mrs. Ene Obi has disclosed.
Obi, who was represented by Mrs. Tasalla Chibok, a Director of Programmes in Lokoja, spoke after Dissemination of the System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SARVE) project in Kogi State.
She said the approval from GCERF would enable an extension of the project in Kogi after its 30 months engagement in six communities.
According to her, the ‘ambitious’ project is aimed at addressing the intrinsic issues of extreme violence across communities in Kogi.
Obi said the issues have made the state to be an unsafe corridor for about 11 states, due to the spillover effect on adjoining states.
“It was against this backdrop that the SARVE project tagged: “Building Bridges, Creating Alternatives” was launched in Kogi State,” she said.
She held that the project had evidently impacted over 20,000 youths, women and men across Okpakpata, Osaragada/Aku, Osara, Ofuloko and Fulani communities in Adavi and Igalamela-Odolu Local Council Areas of the state.
The project, she said, has within the last 30 months, sensitized about one-third of the 1.8 million youths in the state through radio jingles, peace walks, and capacity development programmes.
The state governor, Yahaya Bello, represented by his Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, commended ActionAid for the interventions, especially the livelihood support programmes.
He said that the security situation in the state had greatly improved with government proactive and quick response to the situation.