The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has said that the institution’s Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS) has all it takes to restore sustainable peace to the country, if given all the needed support.
Prof. Abdulkareem stated this last Monday (March 5, 2018) while declaring open the CPSS 7th Conflict Management Skills and Capacity Building Retreat, held at G-Pinnacle Suite, Ilorin.
The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that if the Centre is adequately empowered, it has the capacity to tackle some of the security problems Nigeria is currently facing.
He pledged the University management’s necessary support to the Centre in order for it to be able to achieve the purpose for which it was established.
Prof. Abdulkareem, therefore, commended the staff and management of the Centre for coming up with such fascinating and impact-driven retreat at this critical time that Nigeria needs peace and progress more than any other thing.
The Vice Chancellor, who described peacekeeping and peacemaking as a responsibility of all and sundry, said that there cannot be progress and development in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony.
In his remarks on the occasion, the Kwara State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, said that his agency was ready to partner with peace-driven centres like the CPSS in an attempt to collectively realise the Nigeria of our dream.
Mr. Adeyemi commended the leadership of the centre for coming up with regular retreats aimed at promoting peace, harmony and progress in the country.
Also speaking, the immediate past Director of the Centre, Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji, expressed satisfaction over the rising profile of the CPSS and called on the Federal Government to as a matter of priority establish a Ministry of Peace in the country as a potent tool to bring peace back to the country.
Dr. Adedimeji, who described peace as the hallmark of development, said that Costa Rica, Solomon Island and Nepal are the three countries that have Ministry of Peace, saying that those countries are enjoying absolute peace.
He, therefore, advised the Federal Government to take a cue from these three countries by considering the establishment of Ministry of Peace or Peace Commission a topmost priority for the benefit of peaceful and accelerated development of the country.
Earlier in his address, the Director of the Centre, Prof. Noah Yusuf, said that the five-day retreat and lunching of a book on security was to train students of the Centre, security agents and stakeholders in security on the need to fight security challenges in the country.
Prof. Yusuf expressed optimism that the participants at the retreat will be better informed and equipped at the end of the exercise, saying that the knowledge gained would give them necessary directions and support to curtail the upsurge of all manners of security challenges currently facing the country.