The Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre on Friday, graduated 55 officers who underwent training on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians and Military Observers, to prepare them for peacekeeping missions.
Mag.-Gen. James Ataguba, Commandant of the centre, said officers were exposed to various
skills and knowledge to protect civilians while on peacekeeping missions.
According to him, the training was to equip and qualify them to be deployed as MILOBs in any United Nations and African Union or ECOWAS mission.
Nigeria News Agency , reports that the training was done in collaboration with the United Nations Mobile Training Team, at the centre located in Jaji, Kaduna State.
NAN reports that the event was a combined graduation of 30 MILOBs and 25 personnels who were trained on CPOC.
personnel were drawn from the Armed forces, Department of State Services, Immigration, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Correctional Service.
He also said that the participants who underwent two weeks training on CPOC would be qualified to organise and deliver training on protection of civilians.
Ataguba noted that peace keeping mission was surrounded by dangers which needed quick decisions to overcome and succeed.
“The training objectives are to generally prepare the participants for duties in peacekeeping operations so that they can fulfill military aspects of UN peacekeeping mandates in professional and integrated manners.”
He noted that civilians constituted the majority of casualties in the present day warfare.
“The priority of government and its military must shift from the traditional capture of territory to the protection of civilians during armed conflict,” he said.
He thanked the UN Mobile Training Team for delivering the CPOCs packages and overseeing the MILOB’s training.
In his remarks, the team leader of the UN mobile training team, Lt-Col. Abraham Bwot, said that the training was part of the UN’s key pillar of protecting human rights.
He however said that the security pillar of the UN was charged with training the trainees and trainers on the skills and knowledge to perform peace keeping missions.
“If the military go to peacekeeping missions and they allow civilians to be killed, what peace would they keep?
“In this light, they must be trained on the need, skills and knowledge to protect civilians”, he said.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Maharazu Ahmed