The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged its collaboration with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) in order to evolve more practical solutions to resolving the challenges of security in the country especially in the North East region.
The Director General/CEO of IPCR, Professor Bakut tswah Bakut who gave the pledge while receiving the Director General of NARC, Major General Ganiyu Ayodeji Wahab (rtd) at IPCR explained that the job of the Institute is to work towards the prevention of violent conflicts and also minimizing unconstructive conflicts through collaboration.
The collaboration according to Professor Bakut would be strategic pointing out that there would be a need for a tripartite collaboration among the Nigerian Army, IPCR and the recently inaugurated North-East Development Commission (NEDC) for effective management of the security challenge of the Northeast areas. He added that inter-agency collaboration and genuine synergy among relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) was required in the collective efforts of addressing insecurity in the country and the Sahel region generally.
He thanked God for bringing the Institute and the Army Resource together again for the benefits of the country noting that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be framed to cover all necessary areas of the collaboration mindful of the profound place of the Nigerian Army at national, regional and international sociopolitical landscape.
Earlier, the Director General of NARC, Major General Ganiyu Ayodeji Wahab (rtd) expressed appreciation to the Institute for its strategic role in the country and for maintaining an array of able researchers capable of ensuring deliverables in areas of peace promotion and conflict management.
General Wahab expressed optimism of the benefits that would be derived from IPCR-NARC collaboration for effective coordination of activities that would address the general problems of insecurity in Sahel, particularly of the fact that the Boko Haram sect was working together with other terror organizations that continuing perpetrating heinous acts.
While exchanging views, officials of IPCR and NARC emphasized genuine concern on the support needed by the military and other security agencies pointing to the fact that the military has been over-stretched and encumbered by several activities that other organizations ought to step in for.
The NARC director general was accompanied by NARC, Executive Director Consult, Major General I. M. Yusuf; NARC Director of Training, Brigadier General U. U. Bassey; Director Quality Assurance, Collaboration and Linkages, Brigadier General M. A. Ameh; and the Public Relations Officer, Major Felicia Daniel.