The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bernhard Schlagheck, has pledged to collaborate with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), to strengthen peace building and other interventions to mitigate conflicts in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the IPCR Media Officer, Michael Abu, on Wednesday, Schlagheck made the pledge in Abuja when he visited the Director-General of the IPCR, Prof. Oshita O. Oshita.
Schlagheck who expressed concern over the spread of dysfunctional conflicts in the country, noted his willingness to support all conflict management activities especially as they relate to the 2019 general elections.
Oshita in his remarks said the Institute in collaboration with the German Embassy would embark on series of intervention towards peaceful 2019 elections.
He said IPCR was open to creditable organisations and entities for collaboration for peace building activities including various interventions for conflict resolution.
The DG said the institute in collaboration with the Embassy would train journalists on peace journalism in the monitoring and coverage of elections.
“IPCR will train of a number of media practitioners from all the geopolitical zones of the country on peace journalism and conflict-sensitive reporting,” he said
The DG said the intervention would also include election conflict management for Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and others handling various aspects of the election processes.
He added that the Institute established the National Peace Academy to build capacities in the country and Africa to support the Infrastructure for Peace and to encourage the spread of peace ambassadors and practitioners.
He said the Institute was already putting up election conflict management programme, countrywide peace campaigns and sensitisation programmes to ensure peace during the 2019 general elections.
Oshita expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Chairman and members of a Governing Council for the Institute for the first time.
He stated that through this, the Institute would be properly mobilised and supported towards fulfilling its mandate for peace promotion and conflict resolution in Nigeria