The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Keke Operators Positive Initiative (KOPI) for the training of especially operators of commercial tricycles popularly known as Keke NAPEP in peacebuilding across the country.
Acting Director General of the Institute, Dr. Bakut t. Bakut while speaking at the ceremony which took place at the IPCR Complex in Abuja said the collaboration was novel hence it would offer IPCR, the apex agency of the government on peace promotion and conflict resolution an opportunity to work with an organization with widespread membership.
Dr. Bakut explained that the operators of commercial tricycles are very many and strongly united such that they could be used for spreading the message of peaceful coexistence across the country.
IPCR according to Dr. Bakut would be using their platform for their training in peacebuilding, sensitization and advocacy to dissipate their negative energies for positive ones that would be used to enhance peace and national unity. He expressed appreciation to KOPI for finding IPCR a worthy partner.
Speaking earlier, the Director of Internal Conflict Prevention and Resolution of IPCR, Mr. Peter Opara disclosed that IPCR has for long started programming for KOPI, a Non-Governmental Organization that was interested in the welfare of the operators of the tricycles.
He said IPCR and KOPI were partnering in order to use the nationwide spread of the Keke NAPEP operators for peacebuilding noting that with the MoU, they would be trained in mediation, basic conflict management and peace promotion.
Opara mentioned that after their training and inauguration, they would also for conflict early warning and other conflict management activities in the Nigeria.
In his speech, the National President of the KOPI, Alhaji Shettima Hassan Ibrahim commended IPCR for its drive for peaceful coexistence and national unity. He said KOPI was already in partnership with NDLEA for war against hard drugs and other organizations noting that in all their operations, mainstreaming peace was paramount, the reason for the collaboration with IPCR.