The Governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi stated this at a Workshop on Early Warning, Early Response to conflict Management organized by United Nations Development Programme, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps in conjunction with Ekiti State Government in Ikere-Ekiti in an attempt to prevent as well as mitigate future conflict in Ekiti State and Nigeria at large.
Governor Fayemi who was represented by the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Femi Ajayi noted that considering the critical roles played by stakeholders and none state actors in modern peace keeping adding that the state in conjunction with the partners deemed it necessary to organize the seminar for the purpose of deliberating extensively on how to enhance synergy among security agencies and non-state actors for effective conflict prevention.
The Governor noted that the EndSARs protest across the country showed that violence are usually carried out retrospectively, after conflict has broken out, leading to wanton destruction of lives and properties rather than being proactive.
“This workshops is therefore in the right direction towards detecting early signs of conflict and step to be taken to nip it in the bud by providing a timely and appropriate response.” He stated.
Earlier in his address, the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Sir Abdullahi Muhammadu said that violent conflicts do not just occur noting that early warning signs would have manifested before conflicts escalate and eventually transform into violence.
Alhaji Muhammadu stressed the need to get relevant security information from the public to serve as working tool for the production of intelligence to nip such at the bud.
“This workshop therefore is put together to foster excellent work relationship between non-state actors , faith based organizations, NGOs, Traditional Institutions ,members of the public and the Security agencies in order to discuss strategy for response”. He noted.
The UNDP State Project Manager, Mr Joseph Alao said that the training is to sensitise each participant with more robust early warning signs and response strategy ,build competent security stakeholders with capacity to operate and prevent any form of violence.
Mr Alao noted that conflicts are inevitable but that some conflicts could be prevented if stakeholders and policy makers are sensitive and responsive enough to early conflict indicators.
In his good will message, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Adeleke Adefolaju commended Ekiti state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi for his favorable disposition to development partners such as the UNDP.
He also appreciated UNDP for considering Ekiti State for the laudable project and Nigeria Security and civil Defense Corps for their efforts in securing lives and properties of Ekiti residents and Nigerians at large.
While making his remarks, the Olukoro of Ikoro Ekiti
HRM Oba (Dr) Olanrewaju Adebanji Adeleye commended the efforts of Ekiti government, UNDP as well as Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps for organizing such a timely workshop considering the end-SARs protest just experienced in Nigeria stressing that there was no alternative to peace.
“The only alternative to peace is peace. This has always been my message in my community and I encourage every other King to preach the same peace message to guarantee peaceful coexistence” . The traditional ruler stated.
Other speakers and dignitaries at the workshop include Director of Multilateral Relations Mrs.Bukola Ogunlade ,PFN Chairman Ekiti State ,Bishop Clement Abifade, NLC chairman, Comr Kolapo , representatives of FIDA, NAWOJ, National Youth Council as well as Students representatives and Traditional rulers.