By Princess-Ekwi Ajide, Abuja
September 4 (Newshour.com.ng) – The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Office of the National Security Adviser and the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to further strengthen counter-terrorism efforts in Nigeria
The signing of the documents which held in Abuja were in furtherance of Nigeria’s joint efforts with the international community at combating the global menace of terrorism which has remained one of the most complex challenges to peace, security, and stability of countries across the globe.
The National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, represented by the National Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Rear Admiral Yem Musa (rtd), noted that the two memoranda are the beginning of a momentous milestone in cementing Nigeria’s partnership with UNOCT towards enhanced collective counter-terrorism efforts.
The Head of Strategic Communications, Office of the National Security Adviser, Zakari Mijinyawa, on his part, said they have pledged to continue collaborating so as to identify, collect, and disseminate good practices and lessons learned, and explore new opportunities by promoting dialogue and partnership through the development of capacity-building activities.
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Office of Counter-Terrorism, Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, said the MoUs will cover further cooperation in various areas, including countering terrorist travels, financing of terrorism, border and maritime security, and delivery of counter-terrorism training in Nigeria.
Also present at the signing ceremony are Heads of key implementing Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) among others.