The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has commenced a data bank of graduates for the establishment of Alumni of its Basic Conflict Management Course (BCMC) and Advanced Conflict management Course (ACMC).
The Director General of the Institute, Professor Oshita O. Oshita who disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of the 30 participants of its 6th BCMC said it was a deliberate effort to create a platform for conflict resolution graduates of the National Peace Academy (NPA) that would stimulate regular and robust exchange of ideas towards entrenching the ideals of peaceful coexistence in the country.
Professor Oshita explained that the peace work demands many hands noting that IPCR would ensure that many people receive the training in order to have armies of peace promoters and conflict resolution managers in Nigeria.
He maintained that the Institute would remain a reference point and would always backstop for
the peace practitioners to enhance a relationship that would establish a dialogue pattern that would bring about positive change in our development efforts.
He pointed out that many people in the past spend huge amounts of money to travel to Ghana to receive such training at the Kofi Anan Centre but that the Institute has made this possible in the country. He added that the NPA took-off nothing but for sheer creativity of the management of the Institute.
Former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yomi Zamba who was at the occasion commended IPCR for the establishment of the academy describing as novel in view of the fact that many people pontificate on issues of without proper knowledge. As one who has been in the business of managing violence in the country, he expressed the need for all necessary support for the expansion of the courses and development of the peace academy.
One of the resource persons, Dr. Mrs. Kacholom Best said it was necessary to populate the country with people who desire peace and prepared to work for the even development in the country. She charged the participants to be worthy ambassadors of the Institute by putting into practice all they learned.
In her closing remarks, Head of the NPA, Dr. Bosede Awodola urges individuals and especially officials of governments and of private organizations to undertake the courses because according to her there are always conflicts and crises to deal with and the knowledge would always suffices. While disclosing that some individuals have called for another BCMC, she said the course is necessary irrespective of one’s educational background.
Ishaya Isah Chonoko and Hadiza Shettima who spoke on behalf of the participants were full of praises for the resource persons and the importance of the courses being ran by the NPA in view of the numerous conflicts confronting the country. They pledged commitment to peaceful coexistence and national unity.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates to the participants.