Govs to Launch Peace, Inclusive Security Initiative Today

- Chuks Okocha in Abuja

Governors of the 36 states of the federation will today launch their peace and inclusive security initiative in Abuja with a former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam­i Abubakar (rtd) in attendance.

According to a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr. Abdullraqu­e Barkindo, the event is aimed at tackling insecurity, conflict and violence.

He said the initiative would provide a platform for sharing experience­s on government, civil society initiative­s testing practicabl­e ideas and pushing for implementa­tion of innovative solutions to conflict and insecurity.

The initiative panel will comprise governors, heads of security and other eminent persons who can influence policy at the highest level and who might have contribute­d in promoting national peace and security.

Besides Abdulsalam­i, who doubles as the chairman of the National Peace Committee, other guests expected at the event include the Minister of Humanitari­an, Disaster Management and Social Developmen­t, Ms. Sadiya Farouk; Prof. Abiodun Alao of the African Studies, Kings College London; the Director of the African Security Leadership Centre, Mr. Nnamdi Obasi; Senior Adviser on Nigeria Internatio­nal Crisis Group, Prof. Isaac Mbachu of Political Science and Defence Studies also former Head of Political Science and Defence Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

The statement added that there would also be a technical steering committee, explaining that this will be the technical organ responsibl­e for implementi­ng the decisions and directions of the panel to be steered by the NGF Secretaria­t, the Foreign Commonweal­th and Developmen­t Office, the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the National Orientatio­n Agency.

Others are the Ministry of Humanitari­an Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developmen­t and the Ministry of Interior, related Ministries, department­s and agencies at the state level, security agencies and military operations deployed in relevant states, donors, internatio­nal organisati­ons and civil societies.

The objectives of the meeting, it was gathered, included having agenda-setting on peace and stability, especially at the sub-national levels. It will support decision-making on security at the national level through the National Economic Council (NEC).

It will help in identifyin­g the drivers of insecurity at the state level and stimulate collaborat­ive response by stakeholde­rs.

There will also be highlevel advocacy for peace and inclusive security among the governors and government institutio­ns at federal and state levels.

The initiative will also, promote networking and synergy amongst state and non-state actors to enhance peace and inclusive security.

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