US lauds strides in tackling terrorism
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United States has welcomed progress made under the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), its multi-million dollar partnership with countries beset by terrorism.Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia are part of the initiative
President Barack Obama launched at the US Africa Leaders Summit in 2014.
It is a multi-year effort with $65 million in initial funding between the United States and partner countries to improve security sector governance and capacity to address threats.
“SGI is making great strides to focus on shared security priorities and enhance security sector management. Each of the six countries has demonstrated partnership with the United States, expressed a desire to strengthen its security sector, and committed to the core elements of the initiative,” the US Bureau of African Affairs stated.
SGI’s central objective is to enable partner countries to develop and enhance policies, institutional structures, systems, and processes that allow them to more efficiently, effectively, and responsibly deliver security and justice to their citizens.
The launch of the initiative followed the heightening of violent extremism with Nigeria the most affected.
A reign of terror the Islamic militant is perpetrating has killed more than 20 000 people, maimed more and displaced over 2 million.
– CAJ News
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