The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), in collaboration with Hedayah International Centre of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism and the Global Centre on Cooperative Security has delivered a three-day training to 32 Strategic Communication Liaison Officers, 10 staff from the Counter Terrorism Centre, as well as 20 nominees from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The training is expected to support stakeholders as part of Government efforts to implement the Policy Framework and national Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.
The training workshop focused on developing skills in communication planning, policy implementation, budgeting and interagency collaboration. The training equally impacted participants on basic skills derived from experiences across the world in community engagement and resilience.
R-L: The Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser (CTC/ONSA) Rear Admiral YEM Musa, head of the team from Hedayah International Centre of Excellence, Alistair Millar and Programme Manager from Hedayah, Conor Gallagher, during the training workshop in Abuja.
Furthermore, participants benefited from various examples of offline/online campaigns as well as outreach programmes that could contribute to community engagements, including good practices on interagency communications. The need to raise awareness about the National Action Plan and domesticate it at the state level was emphasized at the end of the training workshop. In addition, participants noted that the role of civil society is critical to preventing violent extremism.
The Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre assured of government commitment to implementing programs at all levels in the prevention and countering of violent extremism.