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STRIVE Juvenile in Nigeria: the path towards enhanced national ownership

Abuja, 13-14 July 2021 - The European Union (EU), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Nigerian Governmental and Non-Governmental actors gathered on the occasion of the 1st National Roundtable (13 July) and the 1st Steering Committee Meeting (14 July) of the STRIVE Juvenile project in Nigeria.

During the National Roundtable, conducted by UNODC under the guidance of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the participants discussed the findings of the Situation Analysis related to the issue of children recruitment and exploitation by terrorist and violent extremist groups. Representatives from more than 30  institutions, including the Office of the National Security Adviser, Federal Ministry of Justice and State Ministries of Justice Yobe and Adamawa states, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and State Ministries of Women Affairs, Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states, Nigerian Military, Nigerian Police Force, National Human Rights Commission, Nigeria Correctional Services, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs critically analysed the findings, provided additional information and highlighted the importance for strengthening national coordination to strengthen the prevention of children recruitment and exploitation, the rehabilitation and reintegration of children who have been recruited and exploited, and the security and justice responses. [Read More]