Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Group photograph of the Planning Committee

IPCR appeals for partners for hosting of peace and conflict resolution conference

Director General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Professor Oshita O. Oshita has appealed to corporate organizations and well meaning individuals to co-host in the 5th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference schedule for next month. Oshita made the appeal during a meeting of the central planning committee for the conference.

Over 40 scholars from outside and within the country will converge in Abuja to brainstorm on the place of restorative and community justice in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Scholars will be coming in from Great Britain, USA, Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa including the Honourable Minister of National Reconciliation, Bangui, Central African Republic among others.

Meetings for planning of the conference according to Professor Oshita have commenced in collaboration with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) of California State University, Sacramento, USA and Institute for Peace Studies and Practice (IPSS) of the University of Ibadan. The partners also include the Nigeria Defence College (NDC), Society of Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) in Kano, and UFUK Dialogue Foundation.

Professor Oshita disclosed that as many as 40 to 50 scholars have submitted abstracts of their presentations noting that sponsorship for various events and application for participation remain open.

He said the conference is important to Nigeria as a country in many ways hence many of the scholars would ventilate on the essence of peace, resolution of conflicts and social justice. The conference would also create the desire awareness on restorative and community justice, he said.

In his remarks, Dr Willie Eselebor of the University of Ibadan commended IPCR to have started planning without funds. He said such sacrifice was remarkable and encourage and necessary to ensure huge success of a conference of an international level.

All hands must be on deck by members of the planning committee and the partners to enhance the image of the Government and the country. He mentioned that Nigeria and the entire African continent stand to benefit immeasurably from the conference.

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