The director-general of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Dr. Bakut Tswah Bakut, has charged 63 newly inducted members of National Peace Academy (NPA) to build peace at all times in Nigeria.
The IPCR gave this charge during the induction ceremony of 63 NPA alumni in Abuja, stressing that their induction was as a result of dedication and sheer commitment for peace building they have demonstrated overtime.
Bakut said, “Your being here today is not accidental but as a result of dedication and sheer commitment for peace building you have demonstrated overtime.
“Your participation in our various programmes, ranging from the basic course to advanced as well as strategic courses shows your passion and desire to become peace practitioners and peace builders in our great nation.
“As we are all aware of the security challenges facing our country today, this is the time for us as a nation to change our traditional kinetic approach in addressing the conflicts to a more constructive and carrot approach that addresses the structural issues from a broader angle.
“Therefore, as you are inducted today, I charge you to see yourselves as the soft energy that is required to fill the peace building gaps that exist in fighting insecurity in Nigeria.
“IPCR will continue to work with various stakeholders in actualising its establishment mandate that include: intervention, policy development/formation, research and strengthening and building the capacities of peace building institutions and infrastructure.”
Also speaking, Head of Peace Academy, Dr. Bosede Awodola, said the event was ground breaking, stressing that it was evident in the progress recorded by the Academy over the years.
Chairman of Induction Committee, Sir Innocent Nweke, lauded the NPA for making him chairman of the committee even as he informed inductees that they have a great task ahead and must live up to expectations.