GCERF approves $2.5m for community engagements in Kogi, Nasarawa – ActionAid




GCERF approves $2.5m for community engagements in Kogi, Nasarawa – ActionAid


By Friday Idachaba
Lokoja, Dec. 18, 2018 (NNN) Mrs Ene Obi, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, on Tuesday said the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) had approved 2.5 million dollars for a three-year community engagement in Kogi and Nasarawa from 2019.

Obi stated this in Lokoja at the closing ceremony the System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SARVE) project in Kogi.

The Country Director who was represented by Mrs Tasalla Chibok, Director Programmes, ActionAid Nigeria, said GCERF’s would enable the extension of the project in Kogi after 30 months of engagement in six communities in the state.

According to her, the “ambitious” project aims to address the intrisic issues of extreme violence spilling across communities in Kogi, making the state an unsafe corridor for about 11 states as a result of the spill over effect on adjoining states.

She said the SARVE project tagged, ‘Building Bridges; Creating Alternatives’ was aimed at supporting communities to build resilience against violent extremism.

It also aimed at establishing and enhancing structures to utilise available resources in preventing radicalisation and as well, respond to, withstand and overcome the impact of adverse violent extremism, should it occur.

Obi said the SARVE project had contributed greatly in reducing violent extremism and youth restiveness and as well, improved the economic status of women and youths in the project communities through through its Livelihood Support Programmes.

She held that the project had direct beneficiaries of over 20,000 youths, women and men across Okpakpata, Osaragada/Aku, Osara, Ofuloko and Fulani communities from Adavi and Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Areas of the state.

She said the project had sensitised about one-third of the 1.8 million youths in the state through its radio jingles, peace walks and capacity development programmes in the last 30 months.

The state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Edward Onoja, commended ActionAid for the interventions, especially the livelihood support programmes.

He said the security situation in the state had greatly improved with government’s proactive and quick response, making it possible for the state to be secured for the project to succeed.

Bello thanked ActionAid for adding value to the lot of rural women and young people who had become good citizens rather than miscreants and urged the organisation to scale up its support for the people in their next intervention.

The occasion also featured the presentation of awards to the state governor, the Chief of Staff, ministries, communities and Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID), ActionAid’s local rights partner in the state, among others. (NNN)


Edited by Salif Atojoko


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