Young people, actors sensitized to violent extremism



The Northeastern Gonja District Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) sensitized relevant stakeholders in the region on violent extremism as part of efforts to prevent its occurrence in the country.

Participants included members of the Assembly, young leaders, people with disabilities, traditional authorities, religious leaders, women’s groups and the Kpalbe Actors Association, among other stakeholders.

The event, held in Kpalbe, the district capital of the Savannah region, was part of the project “Preventing Electoral Violence and Ensuring Security in the Border Areas of Northern Ghana”, funded by the European Union to, among other things, fight against violent extremism in the countryside.

It aimed to provide participants, especially young people, with relevant information on violent extremism and radicalism to help them guard against recruitment to perpetuate violence.

Ms. Martha Bagbin, Director of the North East Gonja District of NCCE, briefed participants on the causes of violent extremism, the actors involved, community surveillance and preventive measures.

She advised people to be vigilant in their communities to help choose information and report to security agencies to deal with people planning such activities.

Mr. Bagbin stressed the need for peaceful coexistence and national cohesion among residents to promote development.

Mr. Joseph Haruna, retired director of NCCE, educated young people on public order law and peacebuilding mechanisms, and urged participants to follow established procedures to ensure public order in the district.

Alhaji Siba Issah, the chief imam of Kpalbe, advised young people to respect elders, abide by the law, learn the teachings of Allah and refrain from any criminal acts.

The participants pledged to share the lessons learned during the forum with members of their communities to ensure that they would all be on the lookout for any suspicious elements to thwart their extremist activities.

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