The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has partnered Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Niger Delta and Agriculture to achieve successful United Nation (UN) International Peace Day.
Other stakeholders partnered by the Institute are; National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Boundary Commission, Peace and Development Blogger amongst others.
Declaring the inaugural meeting of the UN International Peace Day meeting open, the Director General of IPCR, Dr. Bakut T. Bakut, said that the Institute cannot achieve success without the partnership of stakeholders.
Represented by Dr. Gerald Okafor, Dr. Bakut said that IPCR believed in its mandate, adding that because of the diverse partnership, the previous peace days were successful.
He noted that lack of peace in a society affects development and retard the space in improving the wellbeing of the nation.
He further noted that the impact of COVID 19 is still very pronounced in the nation, adding that “peace day gives us the opportunity to build together.”
The DG explained that the central committee is always setup to achieve the desire target, adding that the Institute is committed to give the committee whatever it needed to achieve a successful peace day.
The Chairperson of the Committee and the head of Gender Peace and Security in the Institute, Mrs Grace Awodu, explained that COVID 19 prevented the Institute from have the peace day the way it used to do.
Mrs Awodu, who noted that peace is possible through negotiated process, urged other members of the committee to see what could be done to ensure that September 21, which is the date for the peace day, all no-state-actors cease fire and there’s no killing whatsoever that day.
She also suggested lectures, discussants and open events where Ministries and others would present speeches among others.
Lamenting there are silent killings in the country which are not reported, she said that the desire of the Institute is to see how communities having conflicts can come together for peace.
She explained how the Institute is opening zonal offices to reach out to communities and how they are collaborating with faith based organizations, traditional rulers, media and others in peace building.
She, however, disclosed the theme of the program, “recovery for better and sustainable world.”
Also speaking, Mr. Andy Nkemneme, said that the question that should be asked is how is the nation recovery from farmers-herders conflict and COVID 19, adding that whatever is been done by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be put together to form part of the document by the Committee.
“We are bringing up ideas and when they go back, they will brief their bosses, so that in our next meeting they will come with what they can do,” he said.
Other members of the committee, gave ideas that will make the peace day a success. They also suggested that there is need to bring in security agencies like the Department of State Services (DSS) Army among other, which the Institute said they were invited.
The Ministries, Agencies and other stakeholders were grouped into areas of responsibilities that will make the event a success.