S’East states hold counter-terrorism talks

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By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU—States in the South East geopolitical zone, yesterday, gathered in Enugu where they articulated on modalities for implementation of National Counter Terrorism Strategy, NACTEST.

Guided by the Office of the National Security Adviser, the participating states of Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra and Abia are meant to key into the Federal Government’s 2016 NACTEST revised document.

The National Security Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Alhaji Alhassan Hussain, said he was impressed with the level of participation.

He said that Nigerians must continue to prepare and always be at alert on issues of terrorism, adding that the country must now understand the importance of information sharing and the essence of timeliness in doing so.

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The NSA called for collaborative action by all to achieve a greater victory for the entire nation and the world at large.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State in his goodwill message reiterated the state’s commitment to collaborate with the Federal Government in its effort to strengthen security personnel’s capacity and determination to eliminate terrorism threats in the country.

The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Gabriel Ajah, noted that the knowledge and skill acquired by the participants will enhance their ability to tackle security challenges.

The governor explained that  it’s virtually impossible to engage in any meaningful social, political and economic activities without security.

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“I  therefore commend the Federal Government for this initiative aimed at sensitizing the populace and, more importantly, the security agencies on necessary counter terrorism strategy and proactive measures, as well as the need for building capacity to enable us contain emerging security issues and challenges in the country,” he said.

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