From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has called for partnership of individual and corporate organisations to curb rising insecurity across the country.
Bello made the call on Monday through his Special Adviser on Security, Jerry Omadara during the opening ceremony of a five-day training on “Community Engagement Between Stakeholders and Security Providers in Communities at Risk of Violence, Extremism” organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the NOA.
The current security challenges bedeviling the nation, according to him, requires concerted efforts from citizens and organisations to enable government at all levels nip in the bud, the menace of insecurity.
Gov. Bello advised Nigerians to always separate politics from security, and charged parents to re-double their efforts in training their children in godly ways, lamenting that most crimes committed in the society are mostly perpetrated by the youth, who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow.
He assured that his administration would not leave any stone unturn in giving support to organisations that has prioritize issue of security in Kogi State and commended partners like United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) for training stakeholders and communities in Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE)
The Governor who charged the participants to extend the knowledge acquired to other people in their localities, urged them to be an agents of change in their respective communities.
In his goodwill message the Kogi State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Danladi Maigari, described the programme as timely at a time violent extremism was on the rise in the state.
Maigari called on security agencies in the state to work together in order to reduce issue of insecurity to the barest minimum.
He urged UNDP to take the programme down to districts and wards across the state, saying most crises are targeted at national assets.