A civil society and anti-corruption organization, Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), has endorsed the amicable settlement of conflict and dispute resolution mechanism put in place by the management of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on the resolution of over 40,000 cases under the able leadership of Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu.
This is coming on the heels of the recent commendation and endorsement by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which praised the tremendous efforts by the Peace and Conflict Management Department of the NSCDC under the present leadership.
Speaking at a recent ceremony of the refresher course and review session for NSCDC peace department officers at the Corps headquarters, the team leader, Governance and Peace Building Unit, Mr Matthew Alao, said the feat was unprecedented. He also stated that the NSCDC resolved over 12,144 cases in 2016; 13,377 in 2017 and 13,646 in 2018 respectively.
In a press release signed by Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, Executive Secretary of CWAI, the organization re-emphasized the importance of conflict and dispute resolution in today’s issues based and conflict management and applauded the management of NSCDC of thinking beyond the contemporary box and finding lasting solutions to today’s crises-prone society, where conflicts have become the order of the day. CWAI reiterated for the extension of the refresher courses/workshops to all other areas of the country as it is gradually witnessing a total breakdown of law and order, including conflicts between border communities, chiefdoms and localities.
The Peace and Conflict Management Department of the NSCDC has over the years, spearheaded a paradigm shift in conflict resolution in the para-military agency and is breaking new grounds in conflict management across the length and breadth of the country, as issues and conflicts are resolved within a reasonable time frame and the parties involved embrace peace and the amicable resettlement proffered by the operatives; by identifying existing gaps, designing best approaches to conflict and applying conflict models and stimulating trends peculiar to our culture , zones and secular nature.
Accordingly the representative of UNDP, said his organization has discovered that it is better to invest more ontraining NSCDC in peace resolution than spending money to purchase weapons and that the organization is willing to invest in the unit following the tremendous and encouraging feat it had achieved over the years.
Mr Mathew Alao emphasized that the UNDP will also create a department in the Nigerian Police so as to complement what the NSCDC is doing and urged the trained officers in the Corps Peace Unit to continue to do what he described as a good job of conflict resolution; as such efforts are always appreciated, according to him. He said “Because of your achievement, it is better to invest more in you (Peace and Conflict Department) than in buying weapons for the organization.”
While responding on behalf of the NSCDC, the gallant Commandant-General, said: “Only peace desk officers from the North-West and North Central geo-political zones were invited for the five-day refresher-workshop due to the present menace in these zones and said subsequent training to be conducted will capture all other zones respectively. He further said that the workshop was to equip them in areas of efficient local community peace building, peacemaking and conflict management mechanisms at the grassroots level.
CWAI therefore endorses the transparent management of resources of the NSCDC and the transformational blueprint as encapsulated by the Gana-led management, including the Agro-Rangers Initiative deployed by the Corps to drastically reduce cattle-rustling, the protection of local and international investments as well as the protection of critical national assets across the length and breadth of the country. The organization called on private investors, development partners and the international community to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive to rebrand and reposition the NSCDC to be 21st Century complaint and attain best global practices in security management.