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Paga youth pledge community surveillance to combat violent extremism

July 26, 2023
Paga youth pledge community surveillance to combat violent extremism
Paga youth

Youth groups in Paga, located in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Region, have vowed to conduct community surveillance to monitor the activities of violent extremists.

The pledge was made by the leaders of four youth groups in the district, namely Kassim Shahid, Cyprian Mensah, Nuzrat Nurudeen, and Buraje Kansolo.

This commitment followed an engagement organized by the () in collaboration with the (EU) to address the prevention and containment of violent extremism in Ghana.

The youth groups expressed their intention to monitor and collect data on the activities, communication, and movements of individuals or groups involved in extremism.

Additionally, they pledged to educate community members about the importance of peace and the prevention of violent extremism.

They also resolved to establish watchdog committees to report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.

The youth emphasized the significance of raising awareness at worship centres to encourage vigilance, expressing their readiness to take up the initiative to create a safe environment that positively impacts .

The NCCE's Kassena-Nankana West District Director, Mr Robert Dampare, advised the youth to exercise caution due to the district's proximity to and the potential infiltration of extremist groups.

Mr Gerard Ataogye, the Chief Executive for the Kassena-Nankana West District, acknowledged the prevalence of radicalization among the youth and warned of the dangers it poses.

He commended the NCCE and the EU for engaging the youth in efforts to prevent violent extremism in Ghana. The government, he assured, would continue to initiate youth-friendly programs to keep them engaged and prevent recruitment by extremist groups.

Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (ASI) Robert Ubindam, the Head of Operations and Intelligence of the at Paga, reiterated the importance of rejecting violent extremism and terrorism.

He urged the youth to refrain from being recruited and radicalized, emphasizing the need to say no to extremist groups.

The collective efforts of the Paga youth, along with support from government institutions, the NCCE, and international partners, aim to mitigate the risks of violent extremism and safeguard the community's well-being.

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