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British council, state govt set pace for conflict resolution in Adamawa

Saturday, December 23, 2017

/ by Adamawa Celebrities
Opening session of the peace workshop in Yola last week

By Aisha Saad | ScopeNewsOnline


State Government promised to ensure peaceful coexistence.
Governor of Adamawa State, Sen. Muhammad Umar Jibrilla who disclosed this through his Deputy, Engr. Martins Babale at a workshop, on peace dialogue forum on conflict management and peace building in  Adamawa State, organized by the British council in collaboration with Ministry for Information and Strategy, held at conference hall College for Nursing and Midwifery, Yola.

Declaring the forum opened, the Deputy Governor said the State Government is ever ready to protect and promote peaceful coexistence among its populace that is why a committee was set up to investigate and report on causes of Numan attack to the government for adequate measures to be taken.  Adding that the Ministry of Information and Strategy through its various media houses are working tirelessly in sensitizing the public on the need to embrace peace. 

Gov. Bindow thanked the British Council for organizing a timely dialogue programme in Adamawa State which will promote greater understanding among people of the State.  He further urged the stakeholders to deliberate and bring out positive suggestions on how to promote and enhance peaceful coexistence in the State.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner Ministry of Information and Strategy, Comrade Ahmed Sajoh said, “the essence of organizing this stakeholders meeting is to deliberate on the issues that are related to conflict and peaceful coexistence among the diverse people of Adamawa State.  

He maintained that, the Special Forces that were deployed to the State is to protect the lives of people especially in Numan Local Government.  

He commended the Special Forces for ensuring that peace is restored in the State.  Comrade Sajoh, also commended Bindow administration for the giant strides toward transforming the State and maintaining peace and order”.

In a brief remark, representative of the British Council, Prof. Muhammad Tabilu said, “this programme is a European Union programme aimed at supporting Adamawa State Government to promote peace at community level in order to reduce the impact of conflict on people. 

Prof. Muhammad maintained that, the programme will primarily seek to promote partnership and capacity strengthening for community based state and civil society conflict management institutions and actors by improving their capacity to manage and resolve conflicts and mitigate the risks of escalating  the violence.  

It will also support the establishment of coordination forums that would improve collaboration between government, security and civil society actors and to improve policy and practice on conflict management and peace building.

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Umar Buba Bindir, who was represented by Dr. Agoso Bamaiyi, said that, the State Government is fully aware that, without peace and security there cannot be true development and prosperity.  

He said, the Adamawa State Government has chosen the part of conflict prevention rather than conflict resolution.  That is why the State Government, through the Secretary to the State Government's office initiated “Early Warning Response Reporting System”. 

He explained that system is whereby members of the general public will be involve to participate actively in reporting conflict within their immediate communities from bottom to top, through designated phone numbers of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies, wards, villages, District Heads, up to the State Government and a token will be given to the ward and village heads for subscription to report conflict as fast as possible through phone calls and that will build a stronger bondage between the government and the governed.  

He then urged everyone to be active in promoting peace and security in the State.

There was technical session where papers were presented on the topic “The need for peaceful coexistence among communities in Adamawa State by Brg. Dr. Jude Momodu of the Centre and Peace and Security Studies Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola and the second paper presented is on the topic “The Role of Effective Justice Delivery in promoting peace and social cohesion” by Barr. Bala Silas Sanga, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adamawa State.

Contributions, questions and answers featured after the paper presentations.
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