The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal University, Wukari, (FUW) Taraba State in order to explore the possibilities of peacebuilding. The MoU provides the framework for the IPCR and the Centre for Ethno-religious and Peace Studies of the University to work together with focus on research, education and human capacity building.
Speaking during the event in Abuja, the Director General Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution Prof. Bakut T. Bakut said with the MoU, the duo would be able to sustain monitoring of conflicts, their causes, actors, dynamics among others with the view to nipping them in the bud. He expressed the commitment of the Institute towards collaborating with the Federal University Wukari to stem violence in the state and beyond.
The MoU, according to the Director General would guide the collaborative efforts of the two institutions toward the establishment of Peace and Conflict Resolution Centre in Taraba State for the benefit of the state and Nigeria at large.
Bakut explained that the MOU would further exchange non-confidential information especially in the areas of research documentation and advocacy and expertise, adding that it would facilitate networking with relevant institution in Africa and the world at large.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abubakar M. Kundiri, said that the University was established in 2011 and there was no better time than now to have signed the MoU with the Institute.
He lamented the violent conflicts confronting the state which according to him were of various dimensions and that the partnership with the Institute would help in understanding the conflict dynamics for better approaches in dealing with them. “There is need to clearly study the situation and I am sure the Institute has the expertise that can conduct research and proffer solution,” Prof. Kundiri said.
Prof. Kundiri assured that the University would work within the terms and condition of the MoU.
Also speaking, the Chairman Governing Council of the University Alh. Uba Ahmed Nana (Garkuwan Ningi) expressed his appreciation to the Director General of the Institute the willingness to partner with the Federal University of Wukari for especially research and peace building.
He also explained that the MoU would go a long way to cementing the relationship between the Institute and the University. He said the University remain committed in the promotion of peace and prevention of violent conflicts in Taraba state.
The event witnessed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration of the University, Rev. Father Prof. Anthony Ibrahim Bature; the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics , Prof. Chibiya Paul Shinggu; the Registrar, Mr. Magaji Gangumi; and the Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Nkiru Cynthia Osisioma including other members of the governing council of the university. Attachments area