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IPCR Establishes Early Response Group in Kano to Enhance Peace, Security Measures

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The The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has facilitated the establishment of a State-Level Early Response Group in Kano State with the aim of fine-tuning modalities for reducing and addressing issues that pose threats and dangers to public peace and security.

The Group was officially inaugurated by Amb. Ibrahim Waiya, of Kano Peace Committee (KPC) at a one-day workshop for security and non security stakeholders, organised by Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, (IPCR), held in Kano.

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In his speech, the Chairman of the Occasion, Amb. Ibrahim Waiya, who is the head of the Secretariat of the Kano Peace Committee, and Executive Director, Citizens for Development and Education (CDE), commended Mercy Corp and USAID, for the laudable project, aimed at supporting the Institutional efforts of preventing violent conflict in the State.

He explained that the State Level Early Response Group, comprises of: Police, DSS, Civil Defense, Nigerian Army, Customs Service, Nigerian Correctional Service, Immigration, Hisbah, KAROTA, NOA, CAN, JNI, Nigerian Air force, Religious and Traditional leaders, as well as some few CSOs, to be committed to the project.

He Stressed that the platform would tremendously help in reducing potential and imminent dangers that might constitute threat to public peace and security.

Amb. Waiya, further assured the members of the State Level Early Response Group, that trainings and engagement would subsequently follow, to equip them with more capacity on improving citizens security agencies relationship in the State to ensure the effective operation of the Group.

Ealier in his address, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer, IPCR, Dr. Joseph Ochogwu said, 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.

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

The DG noted that to ensure sustainable peace in the 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).

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He 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.” He maintained.

Dr. Ochogwu emphasized that violent conflict is threatening the fabrics of country’s existence and challenging its humanity in so many ways.

According to the CEO, It has become imperative to invoke every patriotic attempt to insist on conflict prevention and a non-violent approach to conflicts. Conflict prevention is a service that a single agency may not be able to achieve on its own.

He added that, it will take a whole of society and whole of government approach to prevent violent conflict in a sustainable way.

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