State governments have been called upon to create enabling environment, by engaging youths towards public accountability as a way of preventing violent extremism.
Resilience Programme Coordinator for ActionAid Nigeria, Mr Anicetus Atakpu, made the call during a one day meeting on public accountability for preventing violent extremism in Nasarawa State.
“We just had an opportunity of doing an analysis of the budget of Kogi and Nasarawa States and we have seen that there exist some gaps and issues that need to be addressed in terms of tackling some of the key drivers to violent extremism”
“We have identified unemployment, perceived marginalisation and illiteracy as some of those things that make our youths vulnerable for recruitment into violent extremist groups and the budget being a key Governace instrument plays a very important role in determining whether we are moving forward or backward interms of preventing Violent extremism”
On his part, the resource person, Dr Terfa Abraham, said goverment ministries needs to improve on the volume of information they put on their website so that people can know what the Government is doing for them.
“Specifically for the Nasarawa State government, if you look at the 2021 budget, it has a alot of projects targeted at helping young people , women and girls but Information about what government is doing for this category of people is not contained even at the websites of all these ministries”.
A participant, Aliyu Dogara Mohammed, member Nasarawa State House of Assembly, representing Wamba constituency and Chairman House Committe on Finance and appropriation, said “I was able to understand the importance of making budgets available to the public and accountability in Governance”
The workshop jointly organised by Actionaid, Beacon Youth Initiative and Global Peace Development, had in attendance participants from ministries, MDAs and private organisations in the state.