FG to Establish Counter Terrorism Strategy Nodal Desk in 36 States

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LAGOS/Nigeria: The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (NCWASD) has concluded plans to establish a National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) Nodal desk in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

This was disclosed in a communiqué issued at the end of 18th Regular National Council Meeting on Women Affairs and Social Development organised by the Ministry in Lagos.

The meeting with the theme: Peace, Security And Social Inclusion: Key Building Blocks For Achieving Economic Growth And Sustainable Development In Nigeria, was chaired by Aisha Jummai Alhassan.

Speaking, Alhassan stressed that peace and security were essential for national development, as they serve to attract foreign investors.

Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Tunji Bello, who represented Governor Akinwumi Ambode, appreciated the council for giving the state the hosting rights and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the inclusion of more women in the state’s affairs.

Delegates from 34 states and the FCT, representatives of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and commissioners led by the Dean of the College of Commissioners, attended the meeting.

Others are permanent secretaries, directors of departments, Lagos State Police Command, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, British Council, UNICEF, World Bank and representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs).

It featured two sessions- the Technical Session presided over by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Ifeoma Anagbogu, while Alhassan chaired the ministerial session.

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