Stakeholders in Borno have commenced dialogue on building resilience in recovered communities of the state.
The Thursday dialogue was organised by an NGO, Peace Ambassadors Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment (PACHE), in collaboration with the British Council under its Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) programme funded by the European Union (EU).
Speaking at the event, the President and Coordinator of PACHE, Amb. Ahmed Shehu, said community resilience is a strong factor in security strategy.
“It was with this motivation that we gathered here to discuss and come up with all inclusive and home grown policy and practice change that will complement and support the effort of the government and other stakeholders in ensuring effective, efficient and sustainable policy that will support in building resilience in retained communities of Borno.
“While appreciating the effort of Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and his team for building the resilience of the people affected by insurgency, we are calling on government to embrace and implement the recommendations emanating from the dialogue.
“I want to appreciate MCN and British Coucil for funding this initiative and commend partners for believing in us and working for peace and security in the state,” Shehu said.
Speaking on behalf of Borno State Security Operatives Forum, Brig.-Gen. A.J Haruna, listed the successes recorded and steps taken to further crush the insurgents.
Haruna urged for more support for security agencies in discharging thier assigned tasks.
In his message, the National Programme Manager of MCN, Prof. Mohammed Tabiu, who tasked stakeholders to come up with effective recommendations, assured of MCN’s commitment to peace in the North East.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlights of the occassion is the presentation of four papers.
The papers included “Borno State Government Strategic Plans Towards Resilience in Regained Communities”; “Resilience Building in Fragile Communities”; “The Role of Private and Philanthropists in Building Resilience in Regained Commnitites”, and “The Coping Strategies in Regained Commumiies; Prospects, Challenges and the Way Foward”.