The Operational Project Team, with the responsibility of implementing the National Action Plan for Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR), on Tuesday 16 January, 2019 held its inaugural meeting at the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). The Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre (CCTC), Rear Admiral YEM Musa, who represented the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana M. Monguno (rtd) at the meeting, disclosed that the overarching goal of the DDRR Action Plan was to mitigate the threat and impact of the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria in line with the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE).
The Chief of Mission in Nigeria, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Mr. Frantz Celestin represented by Mr. Fernando Medina, Head of DDRR unit, acknowledged the decision by the Nigerian Government to adopt a whole of government and whole of society approach in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. The IOM representative expressed the organisation’s willingness to support implementation of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s PCVE through the DDRR programme, particularly in her efforts in building long-term peace and reconciliation processes in the North-East region.
The National Action Plan for DDRR has three core objectives, which include; contribute to national efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism; advance reconciliation and recovery in conflict – affected communities; and strengthen institutional capacities for coordination and management. The Action Plan is a product of a high-level conference organised in December 2017 by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and the Federal Ministry of Justice, with technical support from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The Conference attracted participants from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government as well as Civil Society and International Organisations.
The Operational Project Team members include; Office of the National Security Adviser, Federal Ministry of Justice, Defence Headquarters, Joint Investigation Committee, Ministry of Interior, Nigerian Prisons Service, Nigeria Police Force, among others. In line with its strategic leadership role, the Office of the National Security Adviser will coordinate and oversee the implementation of the Plan while actions and responsibilities set out under the Plan will be executed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, who are members of the Operational Project Team.