The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Monday it would support the conflict and dispute resolution programme of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
UNDP’s Security Consultant, Alhaji Mutiullah Olasupo, told newsmen in Maiduguri after a courtesy visit to the Borno Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, that the organisation would enhance the corps’ Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) operation.
Olasupo said that UNDP would rehabilitate ADR centres in the state and equip them with modern equipment to improve the peace officers’ mediation techniques.
According to him, UNDP will also provide training, utility vehicles, communication gadgets and technical support to the corps to expose them to modern dispute management and resolution techniques.
The consultant further said that UNDP was in Borno to appraise the performance of the corps and consider areas of collaboration.
“Nigeria is one of the countries that had lost its Peace Sustainable Development Goal.
‘‘And it has become a global phenomenon that the only alternative to ending any sensitive conflict or violence is through dispute resolution.
“UNDP is keen in providing support to the Nigerian government and its security agencies in its peace building efforts
“We discovered that NSCDC has added advantage in view of its close relationship with the civic population.
‘‘UNDP is very keen in providing new operational strategies to the corps.
“We discovered that most of the state commands of NSCDC were not conducive. So UN will provide additional peace clinics to build confidence on the civic populace.
“Boko Haram insurgency would have been tackled if a peaceful resolution was given a chance.
‘‘When you have crises in the society and you don’t react to tackle them on time, the crises will degenerate and become violent conflicts,” he said.
Olasupo expressed dismay over the large number of failed litigations due to prolonged and cumbersome court procedures.
Also speaking, the Borno Commandant of NSCDC disclosed that the command had resolved more than 5,000 disputes in the past six months, and registered at least 40 civic cases on a monthly basis.
Abdullahi said the alternative dispute resolutions department of the command had also recovered more than N50 million in the course of resolving disputes.