North East: EU,British Council Inaugurate Committee on Peace Building
European Union (EU) and British Council have inaugurated an advisory
committee on conflict management, reconciliation and stability in
The managing conflict in Nigerian (MCN) programme; is to support
conflict resolutions at state and community levels; in Boko Haram
insurgency affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
The four-year programme is funded by EU and implemented by the Council.
According to Council Team Leader, Zara Goni, the EU and council; are
to work to enhance reconciliation and stability within communities
displaced by decade long insurgency.
She said EU and council; are also to build capacities of government,
security and institutions in the communities affected by conflict.
“These are to resolve disputes more effectively and to maintain
records of their decisions,” she said, adding that the establishment
of community peace and safety partnership, state and non-state actors
will also work together.
Such workings, according to her, will manage conflict and identify
early risks of violence by taking preemptive action.
“We support voluntary policing groups; to build their capacity and
ensure their operations respect, promote to protect human rights,” she
said, saying that; the MCN project has trained over 1.2 million
She disclosed that 4,500 government and security personnel were
trained, including 11, 700 individuals involved in conflict prevention
and peace building interventions last April.
“In conflict management; we trained about 400 community leaders on
alternative dispute resolution mechanism,” said Zara.
While inaugurating panel Thursday in Maiduguri, the State Commissioner
of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Mustapha
Gubio said that the panel; is headed by Special Adviser on Social
Investment, Hajiya Zara Bukar.
He pledged state government’s support in the successful implementation
of reconciliation and stability project for peace to reign.
He said13 other members, are also represented from RRR, Ministries of
Justice, Poverty Alleviation, Local Government and Chieftaincy
Affairs; and Health.
He said the academia, religious and traditional institutions and civil
society; were also represented on the panel to manage conflict at
state and community levels.
While speaking on protection, EU Representative, Kabiru Abass said
that social protection was critical in areas of conflict induced
displacements and migration.
According to him, emphasis, were also placed on humanitarian
development, peace building, rehabilitation and resettlement process
in insurgency affected communities.
He therefore; tasked the committee to strengthen the project through
constructive suggestions and criticisms.
“We all need to build a better Borno; because of the changing social
dynamics,” he said.