Amb. Waiya Inaugurates Early Response Group in Kano

Amb. Waiya Inaugurates Early Response Group in Kano

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As part of ongoing efforts towards preventing conflicts in the country, a state level early response group has been Inaugurated in Kano.

The Chairman of the Occasion, Amb. Ibrahim Waiya, who also is the head of the Secretariat of the Kano Peace Committee, and Executive Director, Citizens for Development and Education (CDE), said the project aimed at supporting the Institutional efforts of preventing violent conflict in the State.

According to him, the Group comprises of DSS, Police, Civil Defense, Nigerian Army, Customers, Nigerian Prison Services, Immigration, Hisbah, KAROTA, NOA, CAN, JNI, Nigerian Air force, Religious and Traditional leaders, as well as some few CSOs.

Waiya stated that the project will tremendously help in reducing potential and imminent dangers that might constitute threat to public peace and security at a time the country faces lots of security threats.

He however commended Mercy Corp and USAID, for the laudable project assuring the component that trainings and engagement would subsequently follow, to equip them with more training on improving citizens-security agencies relationship in the State to ensure the effective operation of the Group.

Earlier, the Director General and CEO of Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution Dr. Joseph Ochogwu said the stakeholders gathering in Kano holds the promise for a better conflict prevention strategy for a peaceful Nigeria.

He added that “the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Abuja, is a federal government agency saddled with the mandate of conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution and management.

“It is an agency established to promote non-violent interactions among communities, people and territories in Nigeria and Africa.

To ensure sustainable peace in our nation, the IPCR is in the process of building a robust conflict early warning and early response (CEWER) system for Nigeria in collaboration with a consortium of government and non-governmental organizations under a project called “Peace Action for Rapid Transformative Nigerian Early Response (PARTNER)”.

Narrating further, Ochogwu revealed that the PARTNER project is a collaborative effort sponsored by the USAID to promote early warning and early response, peace-building and social cohesion in Nigeria.

“As far as we know, Nigeria is faced with numerous security challenges that are thwarting the desired unity and cohesion, stability, peaceful coexistence and inclusive development necessary for the pursuit of happiness of every citizen”.

“Violent conflict is threatening the fabrics of our existence and challenging our humanity in so many ways. It has become imperative to invoke every patriotic attempt to insist on conflict prevention and a non-violent approach to conflicts”, he added.

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