The office of the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development (FCDO) has promised to work with donor partners and the Nigerian government to restore peace in the Northeast.
The representative of UK FCDO, Paul Nyulaku, indicated this on Friday at the Northeast conflict management and stabilisation (NECMS) programme held in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the FCDO representative said peacebuilding is crucial in regions devastated by insecurity.
He also admitted that insurgency limits the growth and development of any economy and impacts negatively the livelihoods of citizens.
He said for peace to be restored, all hands must be on deck, adding that effective response to the conflict requires a comprehensive approach at all levels, including those affected by the conflict.
“I’m aware that many useful community platforms that have done a great job were established to promote dialogue and reconciliation under NECMS. We hope the work of these groups and achievements realised is sustained and hopefully taken up by ongoing programmes in the north-east.
“I envisage this is same for other donor partners. I do hope you find discussions on how NECMS managed to deliver the programme, key results achieved across the different workstreams, and what could be of interest to other donor partners insightful,” he said.
“I wish to thank Mercy Corps and other consortium partners: Centre for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and Okapi Radio for the opportunity to give the opening remarks at this important event
“I hope that through this event, key requirements for reconciliation and peace will be placed on the agenda towards improving the conflict situation in the northeast,” he said.
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