DG IPCR, Professor Bakut, Federal Commissioner of NEDC, Chief Kente and Hon. Adanyi
Chairman of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Major General Paul Tarfa (rtd) has commended the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) for initiating and sustaining the developmental discourse for the northeast sub region. According to him, the reconstruction and rebuilding process of the area would not be possible without the component of peacebuilding.
General Tarfa who gave the commendation while chairing the one-day Roundtable Review on the Northeast Peacebuilding Initiative organized by IPCR says, “Up till this day, if not well managed with the right political will void of vested interest, the northeast crisis still pose the most potent existential threat to our beloved country Nigeria”.
Tarfa who was represented by the Federal Commissioner representing the Northeast geopolitical zone in the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Chief David Kente said peace was crucial and that IPCR would remain a strategic partner especially for peacebuilding and development component in the process of rebuilding the northeast. He stressed on the need for consistent adequate budget for the achievement of peace in the region and the country as whole.
He observed that the violent conflict provoked by Boko Haram group resulted into prolonged humanitarian crisis has devastating impact on food security and nutrition in the northeast with millions of people in need of emergency food assistance. Quoting the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Tarfa said 7.7 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe State in the northeast and 1.8 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). He added that a spreadable nature of dysfunctional conflict has also caused some humanitarian crises in Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba State hence the primary conflict states have systematically transformed into various dimensions and degrees of conflicts, crimes and criminality.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IPCR, Professor Bakut tswah Bakut dwelt on the need to engage multilateral peacebuilding activities to tackle the plethora of violent conflicts, radicalization and extremism, noting that the Boko Haram insurgency has caused many security challenges.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to matters of peace and security, he advised the government to prioritize non-violent approach in dealing with violent conflicts in the country.
Professor Bakut said the Institute decided to host scholars and experts on matters of peace and conflict to share knowledge and experiences on how best to recover and sustain peace in the northeast sub region. He said policy options for proper engagement would also form the outcome of the roundtable for achievement of the objectives of the NEDC. The institute according to him has array of very experienced researchers that are ready to put in their best for the recovery of peace in the northeast and Nigeria at large.
He expressed delight over the presence of very senior Military and Para-military personnel among many other scholars that were at hand to ventilate on the matter.