The Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) programme is working to facilitate conflict management initiatives in communities. The programme has supported the establishment of community peace and safety partnerships (CPSP) - community dialogue platforms - to highlight security concerns and jointly identify solutions that focus on community resilience and social cohesion. The platforms are made up of security agencies, community leaders, and civil society organisations.
In Yobe state, stakeholders drawn from 10 local government councils, security services and community leaders commended the efforts of the CPSP platforms for enhancing security and safety. The commendation was shared at a workshop on results and lessons of CPSP initiatives, which was held on 29 June 2021 in Damaturu.
The workshop was organised by the Community Support Foundation of Nigeria, the North East Youth Initiative Foundation, and the Initiative for Support of the Needy, Widows, Orphans and Less Privileged - the conveners of the 10 CPSP platforms, with MCN support.
Participants, who included five local government chairpersons, reviewed reports of actions and results undertaken by the CPSPs in Bade, Damaturu, Fika, Fune, Geidam, Gujba, Gulani, Nguru, Potiskum and Tarmuwa LGAs. They affirmed the relevance of the early warning and response approach adopted by the CPSPs to tackle security and safety challenges in the state.
The stakeholders pledged their commitment to supporting the platforms and contributing to their sustainability following the support provided by the MCN programme.
“At my maiden security meeting, all the stakeholders lauded the effort of the platform in addressing safety and security concerns in our communities. After spending some months in office now, I have personally experienced the contributions of the CPSP to peace and security. This is a platform worthy of sustaining.”
Honourable Halima Kyari Jodda, Executive Chairperson, Fika Local Government Council
“We are pleased with what the CPSPs are doing and appreciate their contribution to entrenching peace and security across Yobe state.”
Yusuf B. Tukur, Assistant Director, State Security Services, Yobe Command