The Federal Government is set to begin the full implementation of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) as part of measures to enhance its onslaught on insurgency.
This was disclosed recently by the Deputy Director, Counter Terrorism Centre in the Office of the National Security Adviser ONSA, Ahmad Mohammed Gusau, at a stakeholder’s workshop on the implementation of NACTEST in Abuja.
While the strategy is coordinated by ONSA, several Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, now have clear-cut roles to play in its implementation.
Each of the MDAs would now have a NACTEST desk, based on their core mandates to forestall threats, secure territories, identify, prepare and implement policy-directives.
On his part, the National Security Adviser, Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), said the federal government, using the Counter Terrorism Centre, revised NACTEST to deploy all necessary efforts at tackling the menace.
NACTEST, developed in 2014 and later reviewed, is a service-wide potpourri of counter-terrorism efforts bordering on the deployment of carrot and stick approach in fighting terrorism.