The Nigerian Senate on Thursday passed the Report of the National Commission for Peace, Reconciliation and Mediation (Establishment, etc.) Bill (SB.44).
The Bill, which was presented by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matter, seeks to establish a Commission to be saddled with the responsibilities of identifying conflicts; supervising, coordinating and monitoring all conflicts, and resolving these conflicts across the nation.
The Bill also seeks to implement a National Peace Policy, which provides a framework for peace-building, prevention, management and resolution of dysfunctional conflicts in Nigeria.
Other notable objectives of the National Commission for Peace, Reconciliation and Mediation Bill include:
Putting in place measures to prevent conflicts and violent crises across the nation;
Engendering peace and enhancing the socio-economic and political growth of the country;
Establishing subsidiary organs of the proposed Commission that will help it to identify potential areas of conflict — in order to make the nation more proactive by nipping these potential conflict areas in the bud; and
The submission of annual reports to the National Assembly, to aid the legislature in the monitoring and assessment of intervention measures carried out by the Commission in the areas of conflict mediation and reconciliation.
Speaking on the passage of the Bill, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, stated that:
“The passage of this Bill comes at a very auspicious time. We will continue to look for ways to bring and maintain the peace in the nation. I believe that this Bill will go a long way in addressing conflicts, so that we can get to the root of the problems that we have and get constitutional support for some of these efforts.
“We hope that with this, we can combat these conflicts that we are battling. I hope that it will continue to go a long way in bringing peace all over the country,” the Senate President said.