Ms. Ene Obi,Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria
From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The ActionAid Nigeria has launched System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalization to Violent Extremism SARVE2 aimed at decreasing vulnerability of at-risk young persons to violent extremism, strengthening structures and community systems to creating enabling environment for preventing extremism.
ActionAid International is committed to prevention of radicalisation to violent extremism, is also targeting over 165,360 direct and indirect beneficiaries that would be uplifted from extremism and poverty in the two states.
This was disclosed Tuesday in Lokoja by the Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Ms. Ene Obi, during the launch of SARVE 2 for Kogi and Nasarawa states.
The Country Director, represented by Director of Programmes, Mrs. Tasallah Chibok, noted that it was the success of the first phase of the SARVE that necessitated the approval of the Second Phase aimed at reducing violent extremism among the youths and to reduce extreme poverty among the vulnerable women in communities.
Ms. Ene Obi stated that the SARVE 11 project was aimed at building community resilience against violent extremism strengthened in kogi and Nasarawa states, hinting that the project would last 33 months beginning from April 2019 to December 2021 in 24 communities and 12 LGAs in kogi and Nasarawa states.
She said the first phase of the project SARVE was designed to systematically address the source of extreme restive violence that played out in Kogi State as a result of its porous borders, adding that it dug deep into the fundamental causes to creating workable community driven solutions.
She said the first phase successfully reached 12,985 youths, 4,230 women and 8,705 men directly with the capacity building, sensitisation programmes and socio-economic empowerment adding that it established nine mini-cottage industries in implemented communities even as it leveraged catch them young principles in reaching children through peace clubs in schools.
She explained further that the action plan for the Phase 2 SARVE was to decrease vulnerability at risk of young men and women while promoting community systems and structures that would address violent extremism are strengthened.
She identified the target groups to include the in-School Children of 0-15, youths of between 15- 35 , the community, religious and opinion leaders and duty bearers/government officials both at the local and state levels.
While assuring the people of improved services for the target beneficiaries and the communities at large, she said the project would be implemented in 12 LGAs and 24 communities in Kogi and Nasarawa states.
In his remarks, the Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello commended the organisation for the reduction of extremism radicalism among the youths in the state.