By Bode Olushegun
As a way to address the conflicts fuelling the Boko Haram crisis in the North-East of Nigeria, the European Union (EU) and the British Council have inaugurated the State Advisory Committee in troubled Borno State.
According to the Borno State Team Lead, British Council, Zara Goni, the purpose of the MCN State Advisory Committee was to provide guidance and support to MCN and to ensure that the implementation of programmes and activities were in line with state goals and objectives.
The committee is also to assist the programme to resolve challenges in the course of implementation, and to act as ambassadors on behalf of the programme.
She said the committee would be responsible for advising MCN Management on programme strategy, direction, priorities, progress and challenges in State; provide useful information on major developments within the State and the North East Region relevant to MCN’s objectives and strategies.
The committee will also support the programme and offer advice on opportunities, trends, challenges and issues of strategic importance to the Programme in the State; facilitate beneficial engagement between MCN and its partners and stakeholders; act as ambassadors and advocates for MCN Programme supported initiatives.
Goni said the committee would facilitate communication of the results achieved and lessons learned by the MCN Programme to key stakeholders and audiences in the State
She said that the Enhancing State and Community Level Conflict Management Capability Programme (known as the Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN Programme) was a four- year European Union (EU) programme, delivered by the British Council which aims to enhance State and Community Level Conflict Management Capability in North Eastern Nigeria.
She disclosed that the programme comprised conflict management, reconciliation, women empowerment, reintegration and research.
Inaugurating the committee, the Borno State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Alhaji Mustapha Gubio, who stood in for the governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, asked the members of the committee to be diligent in the task before them, promising that the state government would give all needed support.
The committee, which is to be chaired by the Special Adviser on Social Investment to Borno Governor, Hajiya Zara Bukar, has representatives from ministries of Information, ReConstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Poverty Alleviation, Justice, Women Affairs and Social Development, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. It also has representatives from the academia and civil society.