Violent Conflict: Imo Commends Professor Oshita, IPCR

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By Abu I. Michael:
The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has commended the Director General, Institute for

Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Professor Oshita O. Oshita for his burning desire towards the

promoting peace in Imo State and Nigeria as a whole.

The governor gave the commendation at the opening ceremony of a 3-day workshop on conflict

prevention, tolerance and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for traditional rulers and Civil Society

Organizations (CSOs) in southeastern Nigeria. The workshop was organized by IPCR supported by the

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), held at Newton Hotel, Owerri.

The governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Imo State Peace and Conflict Resolution

Commission, Engr. Peter Ohagwa, said the institute has carried out several activities that encouraged

laying of structures for peace-building, promotion and conflict resolution across the country.

He said the state with the support of IPCR inaugurated about 300 Peace Corps Advocates working in

various parts of the state noting that meetings with Fulani herdsmen and other various ethnic groups

were consistently organized towards the prevention of violent conflicts in the state. According to the

governor, the workshop was apt as he urged IPCR and her partners not to relent in the promotion of

peace in Nigeria and Africa.

Speaking in the same vein while declaring the workshop open, Abia State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon.

Ude Oko Chukwu, commended IPCR and UNDP for building capacities for peace building and promotion

as well as its prevention and management across the country.

Earlier, the IPCR boss, Professor Oshita represented by the UNDP Focal Person in IPCR, Mr. Emmanuel

Mamman, thanked state governments, organizations and individuals who were collaborating with IPCR

to make Nigeria a peaceful society.

Professor Oshita said the workshop was to enhance the capacity of traditional rulers to effectively and

efficiently carry out their age-long pivotal role in conflict resolution and peace building in their

communities. “Traditional rulers require requisite knowledge and skills to adequately respond and

prevent conflicts from becoming violent. They should be able to build social cohesion, unity and peace in

their communities”, he said.

He also says, “The inability of communities to manage disputes contributes to underdevelopment and

poverty. There are problems and there will always be. Tolerance is one way of negotiating solutions to

problems and traditional rulers are to be the mechanics. Premium must be placed on having an effective

conflict resolution and peace building mechanism in our communities”.

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