The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) through its Peace and Conflict Management Department, has resolved 39, 167 conflicts in the last three years, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the refresher course and review session for NSCDC peace desk officers at the Corps headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, Mathew Alao, the team leader, governance and peace building unit of the UNDP said the feat was unprecedented.
He disclosed that the NSCDC resolved 12,144 cases in 2016, 13, 377 in 2017 and 13,646 in 2018. Alao said the UNDP was ready to make more investment in the Peace and Conflict Management Department, following the feat it had achieved over the years.
“Because of your achievement, it’s better to invest more in you (Peace and Conflict Management Department) than in buying weapons for the organisation.
“We are also planning to establish a peace and conflict resolution unit in the police because we believe that the Police and NSCDC have the capacity to resolve more than 50% conflicts in the country,” he disclosed.
The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Mohammadu said only peace desk officers from the Northeast, Northwest and North central geopolitical zones were invited for the five-day refreshers’ workshop.
Gana Mohammadu who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Commandant General in charge of Crisis Management Directorate, Emmanuel Adeoye, said the workshop was to equip them in the areas of efficient local community peace building, peace-making and conflict management at the grassroots levels.
He said this will help them in identifying existing gaps, designing best approaches to conflict management and applying conflicts models and simulating civil case scenarios of emerging conflict trends peculiar to these geopolitical zones.
The UNDP, who facilitated the workshop, also donated office equipment to the Peace and Conflict Management desks in the state commands of the NSCDC across the country.