By Mark Longyen
The Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Buki Ponle, on Friday urged the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) to provide timely and strategic solutions to Nigeria’s security challenges.
Ponle gave the charge in Abuja when he received IPCR’s Director-General Dr Bakut Bakut in his office.
According to the NAN MD, there is no better time than now for the institute to play its statutory role of curbing insecurity, especially given the many prevailing violent conflicts in Nigeria.
“Your agency is strategically placed to resolve conflicts and you cannot be more relevant than now in the Nigerian situation where there seems to be conflict everywhere and, instead of simmering, it tends to escalate.
“Conflicts must happen, and it is all over the world. Nigeria is not an exception and it is not just happening today. It has been happening from time immemorial.
“The difference is how to handle the conflicts and proffer solutions and I believe you are in a very good state to proffer solutions to the Nigerian situation and I am very sure that with your advice, we will get over the situation,’’ he said.
The managing director said that IPCR’s timely and proactive advice to the government was both critical and strategic to helping to tackle insecurity in the country.
“We also advise that you give the right answer or antidote at the right time because if the antidote is not given at the right time, it may miss the point, and if you give it too late, things may go awry.
“I know that your agency has the men, materials, resources, and a viable research unit, which all combine to place you in the best position to provide the federal government with the necessary solutions to ending the prevailing security challenges, ‘’ Ponle added.
Earlier, while stating the purpose of his visit to the agency, Bakut said he decided to feature on NAN Forum because he considered the agency as a veritable platform by which to let the whole world know about the institute and its statutory mandate.
Bakut also told the managing director that he was desirous of a partnership with NAN whereby, going forward, adequate publicity would be given to IPCR’s activities.
The IPCR D-G added that in line with the institute’s mandate, it had become critical for it to help the federal government in ensuring that violent conflicts, insurgency, and banditry were brought to an end.
“Essentially we came here to participate in the NAN Forum, which is an opportunity for us to have a conversation that will enable us to tell the world about what it is that we are doing in IPCR.
“This will also help us to explain how we have been helping the government in making sure that violent conflicts and other forms of criminality are checked,’’ Bakut said.
The IPCR director-general was accompanied by the institute’s Director of Administration, Mr Sam Abi, and the Assistant Director, Internal Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Mr Andy Nkemneme, among others.