– IPCR DG
By Ochiaka Ugwu
The absence of effective coordination of each of peace agenda item which has invariably led to the cacophony of intervention with little or no tangible result is a challenge to peacebuilding process, the Director General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Prof. Bakut T. Bakut has said.
Bakut who made this known yesterday at the National Expert Policy Dialogue on the Nigeria Safe Community Initiative (NSCI) organized by the Institute in Abuja lamented the influx into the engagements, stating that it has been without proper accountability and capacity-check to regulate the activities of quacks.
He noted that,” we have witnessed the abuse of peace work as the country continues to experience rising incidents of violent conflict.”
“The challenge has however, remained the absence of effective coordination of each of these agenda item which has invariably led to the cacophony of intervention with little or no tangible result,” he added.
Continuing, Bakut said that the place of experts in policy formulation cannot be overstated in the conception of knowledge-driven actionable and smart initiative that would address citizens’ concerns.
He informed that the Institute was principally established by the Federal Government of Nigeria, at a time when the country’s constitutional democracy was being threatened by rising incidents of violent conflicts which made the Institute to initiate, design and implement peacebuilding and conflict mitigation programmes that triggered off harmonious coexistence and nonviolent conversations.
Presenting a paper titled “Framework for the Protection of Schools in Nigeria” the immediate past Director of Directorate of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Kukasheka Usman (Rtd) said in protecting the schools, government should involve the communities, partner with the relevant security agencies, invent new architectural design that will aid security and usenew technology to enhance defensive measures.
Gen. Usman also advocated adopting Ghanaian method of using covert security in protecting schools in collaboration with the host communities.