The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari has commended the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) for establishing the National Peace Academy (NPA) towards building the capacities of Nigerians in peacebuilding and conflict management.
Dr. Abari gave the commendation at the opening of the 3rd Basic Conflict Management Course (BCMC) of the institute’s NPA in Abuja with expected 30 participants drawn from the Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, FRSC, strategic agencies of the government and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
The NOA boss said Nigeria is passing through very difficult moment with conflicts over the 6 geopolitical zones attempting to dismember the country pointing out Nigeria needs to work assiduously towards peacebuilding more than ever.
The training programme of IPCR according to him is to build the capacities of the personnel of strategic agencies and organizations thereby enhancing institutional capacities towards conflict management in the process.
The Nigerian Government would continue to appreciate the contributions of the institute in this regards, and that NOA would collaborate with IPCR to ensure good relations amongst the people of the country for sustainable development.
Earlier, while declaring the training open, the Director General of IPCR, Professor Oshita O. Oshita disclosed that the BCMC was an introductory course to peacebuilding and conflict management, and that the Advanced Conflict Management Course (ACMC) provides a more advanced knowledge.
According to him, for diversity management in view of the various conflict disorders facing the country, Nigeria needs well trained groups and individuals for the success of the Infrastructure for Peace.
Professor Oshita further disclosed that the institute was already developing a data-base of peace practitioners and those already trained for possibly deployment during the annual Strategic Conflict Assessment (SCA) of the country.
He charged them to take seriously the course hence they would serve as veritable tools for the country’s peacebuilding and diversity management for national cohesion.