The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.
A statement issued on Saturday by Mr Michael Abu, Resident Information Officer, IPCR, said Prof. Bakut Bakut, Director General of IPCR, made the pledge while receiving Maj.-Gen. Ganiyu Wahab (rtd), Director General of NARC, in Abuja.
Bakut explained that the institute works toward prevention of violent conflicts as well as minimise unconstructive conflicts through collaboration, especially in the North East region.
He emphasised the need for a tripartite collaboration between the Nigerian Army, IPCR and North-East Development Commission (NEDC) with a view to effectively manage the security challenges in the region.
He stressed that synergy among relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) would assist in addressing insecurity in the country and the Sahel region generally.
Earlier, Wahab appreciated the institute for its strategic role in promoting peace as well as managing conflicts in the country.
Wahab said that the IPCR-NARC collaboration for effective coordination of activities would address the problems of insecurity in Sahel.
“Particularly of the fact that the Boko Haram sect is working together with other terror organisations that continue to perpetrate heinous acts,” he said.
Onyeama urges IPCR to device new strategies to end violent conflicts
Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has urged the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) to device new strategies that would provide solutions to violent conflicts in the country.
The minister, who gave the charge on Tuesday in Abuja during a working visit to the institute, stressed that for IPCR to achieve its core mandate, it must think outside the box.
Onyeama said that IPCR was established in February, 2000 as an apex thin-thank and research agency of government to strengthen Nigeria’s capacity for the promotion of peace and conflict resolution.
He however, noted that since the return to democratic governance in 1999, Nigeria had continued to experience various violent conflicts connected with ethnic, religious and sectional nationalities.
“The recurring high level of insecurity has continued unabated. There is the need to further deliberate and recommend appropriate actions towards achieving sustainable peace in the country.
“We cannot leave peace and conflict resolution to theory. It is a real challenge for you to live up to your mandate.
“You have to be imaginative. Your job is to find solutions to these conflicts. You have to be passionate and device strategies for achieving your mandate,” Onyeama said.
He also assured the institute of the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its engagement in dealing with the security challenges caused by the Boko Haram insurgents and many more.
According to him, the ministry would continue to support and collaborate with the Institute to forge a transformative partnership for peaceful co-existence in the country.
“We are optimistic that through this partnership, immense efforts would be made to provide policies that will support the Federal Government in combating terrorism in the country,” he added.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director-General of IPCR, Dr Bakut Bakut, thanked the minister for the visit and stated that the Institute had continued to enjoy unparalleled support from the ministry under Onyeama.
He said the minister had continued to demonstrate an uncommon commitment and attention to the programmes and activities of the organisation, which clearly demonstrated the depth of his intellect and patriotism.
This, according to him, is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Agenda on sustainable peace, security and development.
Bakut continued: “As the premier think-tank on peace, security and development, the Institute has been working to deliver on its mandate through strategic research, policy adviser, capacity building, advocacy/sensitisation and direct intervention.
“The state of insecurity and dysfunctional conflict in the country and indeed across Africa has made the Institute to conduct research.
“Also, develop policies, undertake sensitisation and advocacy, and directly intervene to reduce human sufferings, enhance the freedom from fear, want and indignity in the country.
“It is in this light that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) conferred on the Institute the award of the Best Public Institution that promotes Human Rights in Nigeria in 2019.”
Bakut also disclosed that the Institute had learnt from global best practices in peace promotion and conflict management owing to the huge state and personal investment in capacity building.
He stressed that the Institute paraded some of the best thinkers in the field of peace, security and development.
Bakut said IPCR would leverage on its huge human capital to build a solid National Peace Infrastructure that would guarantee durable and sustainable peace, security and development.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Maureen Atuonwu
IPCR wins 2019 Human Rights Award
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has emerged winner of the 2019 Human Rights Award for Federal and State Ministries, Departments, and Agencies category.
The institute made this known in a statement on Sunday by its Head of Media Mr Musa Mato.
The institute said that the award was organised by the National Human Rights Commission as part of its activities for the 2019 Human Rights Summit.
According to Musa, a poll was carried out online on the official website of the Commission.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu, while announcing the result said that the award was aimed at encouraging humanitarian activities in the area of promoting the rights of Nigerians especially the indigent members of the society.
Mato added that the Director-General of IPCR, Dr Bakut Bakut was honoured with the fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).
He said that ICMC presented the award to Bakut during its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Conference, Induction and 20th Anniversary in Abuja.
Bakut was nominated for the award due to his commitment and determination in providing quality leadership in repositioning IPCR to enable it to prevent conflict and promote peace in the country in particular and in Africa in general.
Established in February 2000, IPCR is the apex agency of government responsible for strengthening Nigeria’s capacity for the promotion of peace and conflict prevention, management and resolution in Nigeria and Africa.
Due to its effectiveness in managing and resolving disputes and its ability to prevent conflict through various means, recently, stakeholders called on government to establish Conflict Resolution Offices in all the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
Bakut, a strong advocate of peace, has assured the public that the institution would continue to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria remains a peaceful country.
Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim
IPCR urges security stakeholders to review existing conflict mitigation strategies
The Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) on Tuesday advised security stakeholders in the country to review existing conflict mitigation strategies toward achieving desired objectives.
ert Policy Dialogue on the Nigeria Safe Community Initiative organised by IPCR.
According to him, in the past, the institution in collaboration with other conflict management stakeholders came up with some robust policies aimed at finding sustainable solutions to security challenges in the country.
These efforts, he said, had culminated in mitigating violent conflicts which often threatened harmonious and peaceful coexistence and non-violent conversations among communities.
Bakut, however, charged the stakeholders to consider a review of the strategies, stressing that lack of effective coordination of the past efforts had culminated in little or no tangible results.
“The challenge has, however, remained the absence of effective coordination of each of these agenda items which has invariably led to the cacophony of interventions with little or no tangible results.
“Thus, we have witnessed the abuse of peace work as the country continues to experience rising incidents of violent conflicts.
“It is in view of these challenges that the institute decided to initiate studies that will provide the basis for reviewing existing peace agenda.
“We have also designed a knowledge-driven peace agenda for the country.
“This has become critical in the face of rising violent attacks on communities as a result of the intractable incidences of violent conflicts,” he said.
The director-general, therefore, urged the participants to chart new pathways for the protection and security of the country’s communities by treating the assignment with the seriousness it deserved.
(Edited & Vetted By: Emmanuel Yashim)
DG IPCR tasks African youths on peace
Dr Bakut Bakut, the Director-General, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) on Tuesday advised African youths to imbibe the teachings on peace inherent in the concept of Ubuntu (a quality that includes the essential human virtues, compassion, and humanity) for the development of the continent.
Bakut gave the advice during the opening of the maiden International Conference on Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa, held in Abuja.
He said that Africans, especially its youth, needed to appreciate one another and strive toward Africa’s development as “our enemies are not from within”.
According to him, the younger generations are unaware of the sacrifices that ensured they were able to enjoy freedom today.
“It behooves on us, in academia to ensure that the history of Africa, as well as African values, traditions, and culture, do not remain hidden under sometimes Eurocentric accounts.
“It is important that our youth learn about the concept of Ubuntu and appreciate that we all need each other and that our enemies are not from within,’’ he said.
The DG further said that the diplomatic relations between Nigeria and South Africa had been strained by incidences of violence perpetrated by people of both countries against people of the other.
He explained that the development had been particularly disturbing given the role each country played in its own region and in Africa as a whole.
Prof. Olaotse John-Kole of the University of South Africa said that with the deliberations that would be held, both countries would be able to identify the root causes of conflicts in Africa and find solutions to them.
“All these problems of conflict affect us and that is why we have come together to find how best we can understand each other and find lasting solutions to them.
“We believe that one day we will achieve the peace that we desire,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said that the gathering was timely as it would help find lasting solutions to xenophobia in Africa.
Dabiri-Erewa, who was represented by Dr Sule Bassi, Secretary, NIDCOM advised both countries to identify the root causes of such conflict and the solutions by way of an early warning system and mitigation.
The NIDCOM chairman noted that ethnic conflicts, weak economies, health crises, and fragile government hindered sustainable development in Africa, leading to poverty, and a lack of progress.
Dr David Letsoalo of the University of South Africa, however, spoke of the need for practical solutions that would reverse the legalese (the formal and technical language of legal documents) of colonialism.
Meawhile, Amb. Martins Uhomoibhi, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Africans needed to be saved from themselves.
“We need to look inward to know where our problems are coming from,’’ he said.
The conference with the theme, `Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa: A Cross-disciplinary Perspective Towards African Development’ was organised by IPCR in conjunction with the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA) of the University of South Africa.
(Edited & Vetted By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim)
IPCR, South African institute to hold int’l conference on conflict prevention, mgt, resolution
The institute made this known in a statement by its Head of Media, Mr Musa Mato on Wednesday.
Mato said that the conference would be held in conjunction with the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA) of the University of South Africa.
According to him, the conference is aimed at strengthening the socio-cultural and academic relations between Nigeria and South Africa.
The IPCR head of media further said that the conference would enable both countries to explore ways of managing disputes without resorting to violence or bloodshed.
The theme of the conference will be “ Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa: A Cross-disciplinary Perspective Towards African Development.
The sub-themes of the conference will include Inter-tribal, Inter-state Conflicts and Xenophobia/Afrophobia; Rule of Law and Governance in Africa; as well as Intersection Between African Law and Eurocentric Legal System on Matters of Dispute/Conflict Resolution.
Some others are Election Governance and Democracy in Africa; and Management of Electoral Processes and Post-election Dispute and Conflict.
The conference is expected to hold in Abuja from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29.
(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim (NAN))
IPCR, Federal University Wukari sign MoU for peace-building, state-building
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal University, Wukari, (FUW) Taraba State to explore the possibilities of peace building and state building.
made this known on Thursday in a statement by IPCR’s Head of Media, Mr Musa Mato.
Nigeria News Agency reports that peace-building is a process that facilitates the establishment of durable peace and tries to prevent the recurrence of violence by addressing root causes and effects of conflict through reconciliation, institution building, and political as well as economic transformation.
Similarly, state-building refers to the political and historical processes of creation, institutional consolidation, stabilisation, and sustainable development of states.
The MoU will also see both parties collaborate on the promotion of research and education as well as human capacity building.
The DG said that the MoU would provide the framework for monitoring conflicts, their causes, actors, and the dynamics, among other things, with the view to nipping them in the bud.
He expressed the institute’s commitment to collaborating with the university to tackle violence in the state and beyond.
He added that the MoU would guide the collaborative efforts of the two institutions towards the establishment of Peace and Conflict Resolution Centre in Taraba State for the benefit of the state and Nigeria at large.
Prof. Anthony Bature, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the institution was quoted as saying at the MoU-signing ceremony that the there was no better time to enter into the partnership than now.
He expressed dismay at the violent conflicts in the state, saying that the partnership would help in understanding the dynamics of the conflict so that better approaches could be designed toward dealing with them.
“There is need to study the situation. I am sure the institute has the expertise that can conduct research and proffer solutions,” he quoted Bature as saying.
(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)
IPCR expresses concern over xenophobic attacks in S/Africa
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has expressed concern over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals by some miscreants in South Africa.
he Director General of IPCR,
Prof. Bakut Bakut,
said this in a statement signed by the Head of Media IPCR, Mr Musa Mato, on Wednesday in Abuja.
condemned the killings and burning of properties belonging to Nigerians other Nationals.
He called on the South Africans to remember the historical relationship between them and other African countries, during the days of apartheid.
Bakut urged the South African government to caution its people and allow peace to prevail.
The professor also called on Nigerians to remain calm and not to retaliate or take the laws into their hands as the Federal Government was taking steps to address the situation.
According to him, it is important to build on the two countries relationship than to destroy it, as diplomatic crisis will not speak well for both countries and the African continent as a whole.
The director general said: “We should build on what unite us more than what divides us. Attacking each other would not help us, it will only destroy the foundation of our relationship.
“Nigeria and South Africa have come a long way. We have been living together and doing things in common.
“This is not the time to tear apart, but a time to build a common front for the development of the two countries,” he said.
Bakut noted that Nigerians and South Africans had investments in each other’s countries and as such both countries should look for a way to harness the profitable venture that will build a peaceful co-existence.
He also cautioned against using languages capable of escalating the crisis, urging the South African government to restrain its citizens and asked them to put a stop to the orgy of violence.
“Nigerian are hard working people and should not be subjected to molestation, harassment or killings just because they are not a citizen of particular country,” he said. (NAN)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola/Felix Ajide
IPCR partners institution to promote economic development
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) says it is ready to address conflict issues and their impact on small businesses in conflict areas across sub-Saharan Africa.
The institute said that in doing so it would be promoting economic development across the region.
Director General of IPCR, Dr. Bakut Bakut said this on Tuesday at a workshop organised in collaboration with Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, in Abuja.
He said that Africa and Nigeria had been facing challenges of conflict over resources such as land and farming rights, which had been negatively affecting none farming enterprises such as trade and other small businesses.
Bakut noted that the workshop was necessary as it would provide an understanding of how small businesses could be assisted in conflict-affected communities.
“That small businesses still thrive in conflict-affected communities is of priority interest to us as researchers, and as an institute,’’ he said.
The director said that conflict was becoming the defining features of Africa and in Nigeria, as the peace and conflict discipline were lacking in affected areas.
Dr. Tommaso Ciarli, Senior Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex, noted that a large percentage of the population in low income countries depended on the informal private sector for their livelihoods.
Ciarli said that increase in conflict areas was related to a lower probability that households owned self-employed activity, and a higher probability that they owned non-farm businesses..
“ It is also crucial to note that households that own a self-employed activity are poorer and less educated than average,’’ he said.
IPCR constitutes committee for celebration of Int’l Peace Day
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPRC) said on Thursday that it had constituted a committee for the forthcoming International Peace Day celebration.
A statement by Mr Abu Michael, the media assistant to the Director General of the institute, Prof. Bakut Bakut, said that the committee would be chaired by IPCR Desk Officer of UN-Women, Mrs Grace Awodu, with Ishaq Daksiri as the Secretary.
Michael quoted the director general as saying that the committee should work closely with relevant stakeholders for Nigerians to observe the day successfully.
According to him, other members of the committee are Andy Nkenemene, Dr. Babatunde Olalekan, Gerald Okafor, Dr. Ayuba Caleb, Zanaiba Anyandike, Idris Abubakar, Bukola Adejugbe, Abaya Umogbai, Ambrose Okusun, and Abu Michael.
The media assistant also said that the DG had inaugurated another committee comprising 13 people, to work out modalities for an annual National Peace Award.
The committee is also expected to recommend criteria for nominating individuals for the award.
He added that the committee would be chaired by Mr Gabriel Jiya, the Director of Democracy and Development Studies at the institute.
He expressed the hope that the award would encourage individuals, who had devoted their time and resources to the promotion of peaceful coexistence.
According to him, the award will also aim to motivate people to engage in activities that will promote peace.
It was established among other things, with the aim of promoting peace and security internally within Nigeria and externally in Africa.
(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)
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