From Tom Garba, Yola
The Institute For Peace and Conflict Resolution,( IPCR) on Monday disclosed that as part its peace development and infrastructure building, it has earmarked over 600 volunteers that will be responsible for peace mediation in Adamawa State.
Director- General of the institute, Prof. Oshita . O. Oshita,who made the disclosure during an official visit to Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla, in Government House, Yola said no fewer than 600 peace volunteers would be despatched across Adamawa State as peace mediators.
Oshita said as part of the peace infrastructure, IPCR would partner with the various stakeholders in different sectors across the country, including the academia, the media, traditional institutions, security and a host of others on how best to broker peace in the various segments of the country.
Partnering with the education sector, Oshita said, would involve reviewing the curriculum contents at the primary, secondary and the tertiary levels by injecting peace contents in the curriculum, which would form part of the desired infrastructure.
The Director-General enjoined the Nigerian media to join in the peace infrastructure of the institute with the aim of projecting the different approaches to peace being employed to resolve conflicts across the various segments of the Nigerian society.
According to him, the institute would also organise workshops for journalists, traditional institutions on the intention of the government and its agencies to partner with them on conflict resolution from the lowest levels of the Nigerian society.
He also disclosed that the institute has been in partnership with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), especially in the North East region of the country that is ravaged by insurgency and some parts of the north experiencing conflicts between graziers and farmers.
Responding, Governor Jibrilla underscored the importance of the IPCR, adding that it was an institute that the state government would like to identify with.
Represented by the Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Barrister Bala Silas Sanga, Jibrilla said the state was blessed with over 86 different ethnic groups whose cultural affinities have been a binding force of unity but made bold to say that scarce resources were major cause of conflicts in the state.