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Abakaliki Hosts Dialogue on Conflict Resolution for Community Growth

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In an effort to foster a culture of peace and resolution within communities, a notable conflict prevention and mitigation dialogue was recently convened in Abakaliki. This event, part of the USAID – State Accountability, Transparency, and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity, underscored the critical need for a multidimensional approach towards resolving crises. The dialogue aimed to illuminate paths toward eradicating or significantly reducing conflict, thereby enabling communities to harness the full benefits of democracy and good governance.

The event was officially opened by the Commissioner for Border Peace and Conflict Resolution in Ebonyi State, Donatus Ilang, who delivered a powerful message on the imperative of communal peace and harmony. Represented by Ifeanyi Igurube, the ministry’s Head of Conflict Resolution, Ilang stressed the fundamental role of dialogue in the peaceful settlement of disputes, encouraging communities within the state to eschew actions that could escalate into conflicts.

Echoing these sentiments, the Ebonyi State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Scam Nwokolo, called for enhanced efforts in conflict resolution. Nwokolo highlighted the critical roles the church and the media must play in this endeavor, urging them to intensify their contributions. He outlined the numerous negative repercussions that conflicts can have on society, including setbacks in development and communal harmony. In his address, Nwokolo lauded the efforts of Governor Francis Nwifuru in restoring peace to conflict-affected areas such as Ezza-Effium in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area, urging the people of Ebonyi to support these peace-building initiatives actively.

Contributing to the dialogue, Dom Isute, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and a former national officer of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, called on individuals in positions of power to avoid actions that might incite conflict. Isute emphasized that the frequency of conflicts could be substantially reduced if government officials fulfilled their responsibilities and duties to the populace.

Cosmos Dinee, a State2State Conflict Specialist, elaborated on the purpose and structure of the dialogue. He explained that this quarterly event is part of an overarching intervention focusing on public finance management and its impact on service delivery in key sectors such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure development. The dialogue seeks to establish a mechanism within governance structures that is sensitive to the dynamics of conflict, aiming to preempt and mitigate potential crises before they escalate.

This initiative highlights the intersection between effective governance, public service delivery, and conflict resolution. By addressing the root causes of conflicts and enhancing the capacity of communities and governance structures to manage disputes constructively, the dialogue contributes to the broader goals of sustainable development and good governance.

The discussions at the dialogue made it abundantly clear that conflict resolution requires the concerted effort of all stakeholders, including government officials, religious organizations, the media, and the community at large. Each plays a pivotal role in fostering an environment where dialogue and peace prevail over division and strife.

The emphasis on multidimensional approaches to conflict resolution acknowledges the complex nature of conflicts and the need for strategies that address the varied factors contributing to tensions. Such approaches not only seek to resolve existing conflicts but also aim to build resilience within communities, empowering them to address future challenges more effectively.

As this dialogue in Abakaliki has shown, building peace is a continuous process that demands commitment, understanding, and cooperation from all sectors of society. By championing dialogue and adopting comprehensive strategies for conflict prevention and mitigation, communities can move closer to realizing the full potential of democracy and good governance. This event serves as a beacon of hope and a call to action for communities across Nigeria and beyond, highlighting the critical importance of peace in the pursuit of development and prosperity.

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