Kano joins ‘strong ci­ties’ to fight ter­ror­ism

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ismail Adebayo, Kano

Gover­nor Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje has reg­is­tered Kano State as a mem­ber of the Strong Ci­ties Net­work (SCN) in his at­tempt to deal with ter­ror­ism, Daily Trust gath­ered.

The SCN was launched to equip mem­ber states with in­for­ma­tion and tech­niques on how to build re­silience to vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism in their re­spec­tive do­mains.

Mem­ber­ship of this net­work will en­able Kano State and other ci­ties across the world to pool their resources, knowl­edge and best prac­tices to­gether and stand strong in the fight against ter­ror­ism, it was fur­ther gath­ered.

Gan­duje, at an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with gov­er­nors and May­ors from across the world dur­ing the launch of the SCN in New York urged other stronger mem­ber ci­ties to sup­port Kano State and Nige­ria, to deal with vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism par­tic­u­larly among the youth.

He said: “Weak economies like our own have cer­tain key chal­lenges in deal­ing with vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism but we need your help as we are ready to look be­yond th­ese prob­lems to make progress”.

He added that vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism af­fects all coun­tries, yet ap­proaches to tackle the prob­lem dif­fer.

He noted that one of the ma­jor prob­lems af­fect­ing the war against ter­ror­ism in Nige­ria is the is­sue of in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing and lack of so­phis­ti­cated fa­cil­i­ties to track in­sur­gents, un­like de­vel­oped coun­tries.

A state­ment signed by the gover­nor’s Press Sec­re­tary, Mal­lam Ameen K. Yas­sar, said mem­ber states and ci­ties had agreed to as­sist Kano State fol­low­ing a re­quest by the Chair­man of the ses­sion, and Mayor of Em­ploy­ment and In­te­gra­tion, Copenhagen, Den­mark, Ms. Anna Lee Aller­slev, who urged other par­tic­i­pants to fash­ion strate­gies to sup­port Kano and Nige­ria to counter vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

The state­ment added that the gover­nor, at the ses­sion told other par­tic­i­pat­ing ci­ties that the reli­gious ex­trem­ism in Nige­ria, started un­der Boko Haram, as a lo­cal is­sue, but de­gen­er­ated into an in­ter­na­tional af­fair be­cause it was not strate­gi­cally man­aged by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der Good­luck Jonathan.

He said the sit­u­a­tion en­abled the group to build its strength.

He added that the in­sur­gency gave birth to the big chal­lenge of how to han­dle In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons, lament­ing that at the mo­ment, about 10,000 com­mu­ni­ties in the coun­try have been sacked.

Gan­duje, at the ses­sion said his ad­min­is­tra­tion has ini­ti­ated an in­ter­face with reli­gious, com­mu­nity and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions to find out ways of curb­ing vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism among youth in the state.

“This is in ad­di­tion to step­ping up se­cu­rity sur­veil­lance through the state Joint Task Force, com­pris­ing mil­i­tary and other se­cu­rity agen­cies. Kano State is also ex­pand­ing ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­grammes,” he said.

At the ses­sion, it was noted that many ci­ties had de­vel­oped in­no­va­tive re­sponses to ad­dress ter­ror­ism, but no sys­tem­atic ef­forts are in place to share ex­pe­ri­ences, pool resources and build a com­mu­nity of ci­ties to in­spire lo­cal ac­tion on a global scale like the Strong Ci­ties Net­work ap­proach.

The Strong Ci­ties Net­work (SCN) was launched on Septem­ber 29th at the United Na­tions. It was gath­ered that 25 ci­ties from dif­fer­ent re­gions would pro­vide the SCN with its strate­gic di­rec­tion and it will be run by the In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Di­a­logue (ISD).

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