Collaborate to fight extremists – NCCE urges media and security agencies
President of NCCE, Ms. Joséphine Nkrumah
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) advocates effective collaboration between the media and security agencies to combat the spread of extremist activity in the country, especially along border communities.
NCCE Vice President for Finance and Administration Ms Kathy Addy said the commission was concerned about the increase in cases of violence in the country, adding that solving the problem required an effort. collaboration among key stakeholders, especially the media, to drum up messages of peace and non-violence.
“These subtle extremist activities that are emerging have the potential to destroy the peace we enjoy and the media can really become a great platform to disseminate peaceful messages through consistent reporting,” she said.
Ms Addy was speaking at a workshop organized by NCCE for youth groups in Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem District (KEEA) in the Central Region.
The workshop was the last of six sessions held in selected districts of the central region as part of NCCE’s national exercise to ensure communities along borders are sensitized to the causes and effects of violent extremism. .
Ms Addy said the exercise followed an investigation by NCCE titled “Violent Extremism Risk or Threat Analysis in Ten Border Regions of Ghana” with support from the European Union (EU), whose results suggest that Ghana is prone to violent extremist activity.
Aware of safety
NCCE Central Deputy Regional Director, Alhaji Aliu Mohammed, instructed participants to move quickly to report suspicious activity to the appropriate services for prompt action.
He said citizens must help expose individuals who have engaged in violent extremism that could undermine the stability of the country.
“Let us share information with the competent authorities in order to prevent such elements from gaining a foothold in our communities.”
He explained that civic education in a democratic society aims to promote understanding of the ideals of democracy and that the NCCE in the region is ready to realize its cause of education and empowerment of the people.
NCCE’s KEEA City Manager, Mr. Danabsin Naandam, warned the public against ignoring the negative effects of violent extremism, stressing that events in other countries should become the model for avoiding the situation before ‘it doesn’t happen.
“We must not be recruited or support secessionist movements and violent extremism as this would have a lasting negative impact on whoever falls prey,” he said.