Borno State Government has urged for collaboration with National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) in the ongoing deradicalisation and and reintegration process of repentant Boko Haram members.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, made the call while receiving members of Course 16 of the institute led by the Deputy Commandant, Mr David Egbeji, who paid him a courtesy call in Maiduguri.
Kadafur said since inception in 2019, the Gov Zulum administration had invested huge resources on managing the over decade insecurity posed by terrorists.
According to him, the commitment and synergy displaced by the military and other security agencies including Civilian Joint Task Force, Non-Governmental Organizations and other stakeholders led to the relative peace across the state.
In addition, the Deputy Governor said, millions of Internally Displaced Persons have been relocated to their ancestral homes, while scores of Boko Haram members and their families had laid down their arms and surrendered to troops.
Kadafur said that members of the NISS needed to key into the State Government’s DDR, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Process for sustainable development.
“On behalf of my Principal, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, i welcome you to Borno state, the ‘Home of Peace’. I understand that you are here for a Study Tour, which is a welcome development, knowing fully well that Borno has suffered alot in the hands of terrorists for over a decade.
“As responsible government, we call on you to please lay your helping hands in the ongoing Deradicalization and Reintegration (DDR) of over 80,000 surrendered Boko Haram members who are mostly camped at a designated centres in Maiduguri.
“Since we came on Board, precisely on 29th May, 2019, the present administration under the good leadership of Professor Zulum had invest huge resources on managing the over decades insecurity posed by the terrorists. I want to inform you that the commitment and synergy displaced by the present administration with support from the military, other security agencies, members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders led to the relative peace currently enjoyed across the state.
“This is in addition to millions of our Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs who have been relocated to their ancestral homes, with scores of Boko Haram members, including their families and those forcefully conscripted laid down their arms and surrendered to troops.
“Your visit to Borno is timely, because what is needed now is for all and sundry including your Faculty members and the participants/students to key into the State Government’s DDR, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Process for sustainable development,” Kadafur stated.
He assured the delegation of government with the institution so as to improve security situation in the state, and to also achieve their mission and purpose of the Study Tour.
Earlier in his address, the Deputy Commandant of the institution, Mr. David Egbeji told the Deputy Governor that participants who are undergoing 10-Month security Course at the institution were drawn from military, para-military, regulatory agencies, MDAs and other four African countries including Rwanda, Gambia, Chad and Niger Republic.
Egbeji pointed out that the course is intended to equip participants with requisite knowledge to address dynamic and complex security challenges in their respective
countries and foster inter-agency cooperation to ensure adequate
He further said, the participants were in Borno to fulfil the requirement of interface with relevant stakeholders and have a firsthand information on the security situation in the state, in addition to planned visits to some other states of the federation on how best to document or profer durable solutions.
The Deputy Commandant, while commending Governor Zulum and his Deputy, Kadafur for their doggedness and commitment in the fight against terrorists, pledged that NISS would partner with State Government and other relevant stakeholders to ensure peace is restored in the Borno and the country as a whole.