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Published On: Wed, Dec 11th, 2019

Peace capacity building will aid conflict prevention, says NPA boss

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By Ochiaka Ugwu

Building capacity for peacebuilding and conflict resolution will in great measures promote conflict prevention in Nigeria, Coordinator of the National Peace Academy (NPA) a training arm of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Dr. Bosede Awodola has said.
Dr. Awodola who made this known in Abuja while speaking during a validation workshop on baseline studies in the North Central geopolitical zone said there is need to talk about capacity building as it relates to peacebuilding and conflict Resolution in Nigeria.
“You know there are a lot crises, animosity and conflict going on in our society. This makes it imperative for people to sit down and settle these issues without much problem. That is why we started building capacity for peacebuilding.
“When we do that, is all about prevention of conflict so that it doesn’t escalate. Capacity building will certainly enable people to know when issues are gathering and the best way to handle it for it not to exacerbate. That is why we are focusing on capacity for peacebuilding in Nigeria.
“Although, there are NGOs that said they are doing capacity building, but their works seem not to have much impact on the populace. That is why we are here to know what capacity they have on their own, because there is this popular saying that “You can’t give what you don’t have” she noted.
Also speaking, Helen Teghtegh of Community Links and Human Empowerment Initiative said that Nigeria has a lot of open borders that are not manned which heightens insecurity.
He also lamented that must workers she trained on capacity building always seek for better paid NGOs in North East leaving her with the option of struggling to train new ones.
Adding to this, Jonathan Duku of the Civil Organization Research Advocacy Funding Initiative (CORAFIDA), a Benue State based NGO expressed the need for more collaboration with IPCR to build a better and sustainable human capacity that will meet the challenges of peacebuilding.
Christopher Isike of the University of Pretoria, South Africa suggested that capacity building for peacebuilding process should be taken back to the communities in a form that facilitators would be made to visit the people for direct conversation.
It should be known that base line survey for capacity building was done to know the kind of capacity building the civil society groups indulge in and the kind of audience they are relating with.
The baseline commenced with the North Central geopolitical zone which comprises six states, Benue, Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau States, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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