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Govs launch common initiative on peace, security


Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

All the 36 state governors in the country have agreed to launch a common initiative on ensuring peace and security.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), which is the umbrella body for the state governors, said the initiative would be launched today in Abuja.

NGF’s head of public affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said an interactive platform would hold as soon as the launch is over.

He said the move “would support decision-making on security at the national level through the National Economic Council. It will also help in identifying the drivers of insecurity at all state level and stimulate collaborative response by stakeholders.”


According to him, there would be a high-level advocacy for peace and inclusive security among governors and government institutions at federal and state levels.

“The initiative would also promote networking and synergy among state and non-state actors to enhance peace and inclusive security,” he noted.

A statement he personally signed and circulated to media offices in Abuja, notes: “The collaborative peace-keeping initiative will provide a platform for sharing experiences on government, civil society initiatives, testing practicable ideas and pushing for implementation of innovative solutions to conflict and insecurity.”

The panel, according to Barkindo, comprises governors, heads of security and other eminent persons who can influence policy at the highest levels and who might have contributed significantly in promoting national peace and security.

Expected at the event are the former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, who doubles as the chairman of the National Peace Committee, and the Humanitarian Disaster Management and Social Development minister, Sadiya Umar Farouk.


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