The USAID Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP) supported the creation and formalization of the Local Security Council of Bulqiza and facilitated its first meeting. The meeting, chaired by the Mayor, addressed and generated input on security matters concerning Bulqiza community, including those of radicalization and violent extremism.
Some 11 senior local officials, including the Vice-Prefect, Head of Police, Director of Education Department, Director of Hospital, Director of Social Services, Director of Environment and Forestry, Head of Municipal Police, Youth Board Coordinator, and civil society representatives took active part in the council.
PLGP supported drafting of the internal regulations, which were adopted and endorsed by the Council. During the meeting, the Head of Bulqiza Police and the Director of the Education Department provided an update on the law and order situation in Bulqiza and the security measures taken for safer schools. The participants in the meeting provided feedback and the meeting generated lively discussions.
The Youth Board Coordinator, Fatri Puca, put his recent PLGP-training on advocacy to use when he spoke on behalf of the group and raised some concerns related to public safety from vehicle traffic and the issue of drug consumption by youth. His direct approach to present the issues that impact youth in the community were appreciated by the representatives and the Head of the Police committed to working with him to address his concerns.
The Council aims to improve the lack of cooperation and interaction among local stakeholders to better address enabling factors that lead to radicalization and violent extremism.