The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has inaugurated volunteers in community peacebuilding engagement in Zamfara State. Volunteers were selected from all parts of the State to serve as vanguards of peace in the state.
They would continue engagement with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution with respect to the steps being taken by the Institute to restore sustainable peace in Zamfara State. They would also act as conflict early warning indicator monitors in the state.
The Director General of the Institute Dr. Bakut T. Bakut inaugurates the volunteers in Gusau, Zamfara State Capital on Wednesday 14th October, 2020 during stakeholder’s workshop on “Conflict Management, Resolution and Peacebuilding in Zamfara State”.
The workshop was to build capacity of the peacebuilding volunteers and all other Peacebuilding stakeholders in Zamfara State on conflict management and resolution mechanism.
Inaugurating the volunteers, Director General Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Dr. Bakut T. Bakut said that the Institute is willing to join hand with the Zamfara State government to ensure that sustainable peace is restored in the state.
He said “we should prepare ourselves to make sure that the contentious issues causing conflict in Zamfara State are fully addressed”
He said that at the end of the training, the volunteers will be able to stepdown the training information to the grass roots.
Speaking at the occasion, Speaker Zamfara State House of Assembly, Nasiru Muazu Magariya represented by the Director Publications and the Secretary House Committee on Security, Adamu Ibrahim Moriki said that the State House of Assembly would support the efforts of the Institute on peacebuilding in Zamfara State.
Also speaking, the Hon. Commissioner Security and Home Affairs Hon. Muhammed Abubakar Dauran represented by the Director Security and Home Affairs, Zailani Muhammed Kaura expressed the state government’s determination and commitment to work with the Institute for peace and Conflict Resolution in tackling the security challenges in Zamfara State.
In his remarks earlier, the Brigade Commander,1 Brigade, Nigerian Army Gusau, Brigadier General Olatokumbo M. Bello commended the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution for organizing the programme.
He urged the Institute to extend such types of engagements to Katsina and Sokoto States.
Also speaking during courtesy visit on him, the Emir of Gusau, Alh. Ibrahim Bello said that thorough investigation should be carried out in the grassroots to find out the real causes of conflict in Zamfara state.
“As experts in the field, you have to follow the issues from the grass root to the logical conclusion, the traditional rulers would support you and work with you”, he said.
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