The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has organised a one day workshop for increased engagement in peacebuilding.
The program which held in Jalingo, was designed for a spectrum of stakeholders at the grassroots in the State with the mandate of conducting research in peace, security and conflict issues, providing quality advice to the Government and design intervention strategies for the prevention of conflict in Nigeria.
In view of the strategic importance of Taraba State economically and the recorded breech of peace experienced in the State, the institute selected it for sensitization and increased engagement in peacebuilding initiatives.
In his speech the Director General Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Mr. Oshita Oshita represented by his assistant Mr. Peter Opara stressed that the respect traditional institutions still enjoy from their roles in keeping peace is still apt.
In his remarks, the State representative of United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees, Mr. Daniel Bisu commended the present administration for creating an enabling environment for the programme to succeed.
Mr. Daniel Bisu added that because of the high number of internally displaced persons resulting from insurgency and ethno religious conflicts in the State, the institute is saddled with the responsibility of restoring peace especially at the grassroots.
Earlier in an address of welcome the State Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, represented by the Permanent Secretary SSG Office, Mr. Major Abba, appreciated the organizers of the programme in building a peaceful atmosphere.
He stressed that all hands must be on deck to attain the desired goals as well as urged royal fathers to intensify efforts at maintaining peace in their localities.
Goodwill messages were given by dignitaries present, calling on participants to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired.