GIABA Trains Counter-Financing of Terrorism Trainers in Abuja

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The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) is organizing a two-week Train-the-Trainers Course on Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) for Anglophone GIABA Member States under the ECOWAS Counter Terrorism Action Plan (2020-2024).

The training which holds from 11th till 22nd March till 2024, at the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Abuja, is aimed at building the operational capacity of counter-financing of terrorism specialized institutions and provide basic training material for the CFT-training institutes of member states.

The Director General of GIABA, Mr. Edwin Harris Jr. in his opening address emphasized the importance of training security experts in countering money laundering and terrorism financing in the sub-region.
“By empowering a core group of experts with comprehensive knowledge and training skills, you can then transfer this expertise to a wider audience within your respective organizations and jurisdictions.”

The training which is set to engage learners and create an enabling environment for Countering Financing Terrorism actors is also aimed at strengthening the expertise and technical skills of relevant officials in the detection and investigation of complex cases of financial crimes, particularly in connection with the financing of terrorism.

The DG noted that the Authority of Heads of State of Government of ECOWAS had in September 2019 at an extraordinary session in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, directed the development of the ECOWAS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan, the Component 6 of which is Counter-Terrorist Financing. Under this priority area, emphasis is placed on enhancing the policy on the fight against terrorism financing; improving the technical compliance and efficiency of national arrangements to combat terrorism financing and its predicate offenses. “The present Train-the-Trainers course is therefore part of concerted efforts to ensure that the West African region achieves the objectives of the ECOWAS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan,” he said.

The training which have about fifty-one participants drawn from relevant authorities from GIABA Anglophone member States in attendance will cover three main areas which include, understanding the Terrorist Financing issue and Countering Financing of Terrorism frameworks; improving the teaching skills and making effective use of visual materials.
“At the end of the Course, it is expected that there would emerge a crop of highly trained experts who would go on to train about 150 operational authorities involved in the fight against terrorism and terrorism financing in West Africa”, the organizers said.

The opening event was attended by His Excellency, Ambassador Musa NUHU, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, Mrs. Hafsat Abubakar BAKARI, Director/CEO of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and GIABA National Correspondent for Nigeria, Mr. Ayodele Saheed ADELEKE, Commandant, National Institute for Security Studies (NISS). Also at the event are Mrs. Bolatito SURE-OLUFE, the Director of Training and Staff Development, DSS, who represented the Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Prof. A.O Ahmed, Provost of the National Defence College who represented the Commandant of the College, Abuja, and Dr. Dieng AbdouRahman, Head, Regional Security, ECOWAS Commission who represented the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security.