N-East Security: Humanitarian Group Seeks End To Violent Extremism, Wants Improve Security, Govt Accountability In Borno

By Akinmuda Oluwatobi   1 week ago   23
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N-East Security: Humanitarian Group seeks end to violent extremism, wants  improve security, govt accountability in Borno - Vanguard News

A consortium of humanitarian partners led by Mercy Corps on Wednesday completed the implementation of a unique initiative to improve security, reduce support for violence and build the capacity of citizens of Borno state to hold government accountable in communities hard hit by the insurgency in the State.  The initiative, Northeast Conflict Management and Stabilization (NE-CMS) programme responded to local level conflicts that are driven by the insurgency and supported target communities to become more peaceful and resilient to the drivers of conflict and violence, including recruitment into the insurgency.  Other consortium partners were, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and Okapi Consulting/Radio Ndarasan International, Women in Nigeria and Christian Association of Nigeria  The initiative was successfully implemented in twenty one (21) of the most at risk communities as well as five Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Damboa, Dikwa, MMC, Jere, Gwoza and Konduga.  Speaking at a dissemination and learning event to share impact and share insight on approaches and challenges with implementing peace building programmes in violent and highly volatile contexts like the Northeast Nigeria, Mercy Corps Country Director, Ndubisi Anyanwu noted that there are several complex issues fueling the prolonged crisis in the region, from unsatisfactory relations between citizens and government as well as traditional systems of exclusion.  Speaking on the situation in North East, Anyanwu noted that there are several complex issues fueling the prolonged crisis in the region, from unsatisfactory relations between citizens and the government.  On Borno state in particular, he said, “Our pre-implementation assessment observed deep tensions from social and political conflicts within local communities, including inter-ethnic, inter-generational, and IDP-host communities’ conflicts resulting in economic exclusion.  “In order to ensure lasting peace, we worked closely with key stakeholders to strengthen and establish several channels for discourse between the government, the military, community leaders and the people towards improving the security situation and protection for the people of Borno state”.  Programme Manager, Paul Enude explained further: “Committee members are representatives of various communities, trained by the NE-CMS programme, empowering them with the skills to better advocate for their needs, carry out conflict resolution and civilian protection. Initiatives led by the groups have provided new community infrastructures for those in need and improved the relationship between the military and civilians”


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