The National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) have resolved to strengthen their collaboration in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
The resolution was made when the National Leadership of MAN led by its President, Otunba Francis Meshioye paid a courtesy call to the NCTC on Tuesday, 4 July, 2023 in Abuja.
While welcoming the delegation, the National Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) said the decision was necessitated by the need to explore other areas of partnership for economic growth of the Country. “We have a lot to do together,” he said.
The National Coordinator added that the duty of the Centre was not limited to that of government alone but also the citizen’s, in line with the whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to countering terrorism and violent extremism being adopted by the Centre, over the years.
In his remarks, the President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Otunba Francis Meshioye thanked the management of the Centre for the warm reception accorded his team. He noted that security was not just a one man business but a national assignment. “There is therefore the need to work with other local and international bodies to fight terrorism,” Meshioye urged.
According to him, terrorism prohibits investment and where there is no investment, there can be no development. “This partnership must be sustained,” he reiterated.
In his own view, the Director-General of MAN, Mr. Segun Ajayi Kadir, said the Association with about 2,500 membership across 10 sectors and 72 sub-sectors of the economy required the support of the NCTC in its determination to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.