By Ochiaka Ugwu
In its quest to provide the police, other security agencies and the Nigerian population with vital information that will encourage good rapport between the civilians and security operatives to curtail violent conflicts and other acts of insecurity in all parts of the country, Federal Government may have concluded plans to unveil the Strategic Conflict Assessment (SCA) of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.
This was contained in a statement released yesterday in Abuja by Media Assistant to the DG IPCR/RIO, Mr. Abu I. Michael.
According to the statement, ”Director General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Prof. Oshita O. Oshita said that the development efforts of the Government have progressively been undermined by preventable conflict disorders, causing distrust in the population, displacement even loss of lives”.
Oshita noted that the SCA which will be unveiled by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is a product of a nationwide study by researchers of the Institute covering the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“Using field research methods, across the six geopolitical zones, the SCA identifies emerging trends and dynamics in insurgency, militancy, farmers-herders’ clashes, kidnapping for ransom, violent robberies, incidences of cultism and separatist agitations, among others, which have cumulative harmful consequences on national cohesion, social integration, stability, peace and security and sustainable development.
“It is against this backdrop that the FG through IPCR, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and DFID-funded Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), deployed researchers to every state in the country to carryout specialized study in order to provide the Government and other stakeholders, information on the dynamics of dysfunctional conflicts in the country”.
Speaking further, Oshita said the goal is to offer data and analyses that provide convenient entry points for mainstreaming peace building and conflict-sensitivity in National Planning and Development Programming (NPDP) through proactive engagement of conflicts to stem their escalation.
“Also expected to grace the event which will be chaired by the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI), General T. Y. Danjuma (rtd) are the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Speaker Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, members of the parliament, ministers, state governors, heads of missions, military, police and paramilitary among many others. The event will be hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Khadija Bukar A. Ibrahim” the statement read in part.