Communiqué Issued After A 3-DAY WORKSHOP ON STRENGTHENING HUMANITARIAN COORDINATION THROUGH THE DEVELOPING COMMUNITY-BASED CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR EFFECTIVE COORDINATION ON HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION IN OYO STATE.
Recognising that Oyo state is prone to the following hazards: Wind/rainstorm, flood, civil strife and fire outbreak amongst others and the need for proactive measures aimed at strengthening humanitarian coordination through the development of community-based contingency plan, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-NIGERIA) with the support of Oxfam Novib Netherland and in collaboration with Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA) brought representatives of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Security, NGOs and the Academia together at workshop from the 25th – 27th of March 2014 in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Workshop noted the following:
1. That there is absolute need for periodic and strategic meeting of all stakeholders to simulate and review the contingency plan.
2. That periodic capacity building of all relevant stakeholders in disaster management in Oyo state should be encouraged.
3. That Government should make budgetary allocation for the operationalization of the Contingency Plan.
4. That all relevant stakeholders like Development Partners and Private Sector should be encouraged to adequately fund emergency planning and response activities in the state.
5. That the dysfunctional state of most of the Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMC) in Oyo state calls for immediate action from all LGAs to ensure utmost functionality of the LEMCs
6. That disaster risk reduction should be mainstreamed into the state’s educational curricula with a view to training the next generation of Emergency volunteers.
7. That all emergency response activities must inform the Police early enough to provide the necessary security support services in emergency situations.
8. That Public, Private, Traditional, Communities and Media institutions should upscale advocacy on public enlightenment and reorientation on the culture of disaster risk reduction in Oyo state.
This communiqué is endorsed and signed by the participants at the workshop which include the representatives of:
- Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA)
- Ministry Women affairs and Social development
- Ministry of Environment and Habitat
- Ministry of water and Natural Resources ( Oyo State Agency for Rural water & sanitation)
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Agriculture
- Ministry of Information
- Ministry of Education
- National Orientation Agency Oyo State Chapter
- Oyo State Community Support Brigade
- Nigeria Police Force Oyo State Command
- Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)
- Centre for Academic Integrity Research & Anti-plagiarism (CAIRA)
- West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP-NIGERIA)
- Centre For Peacebuilding and Disaster Relief
- Centre For Disaster Risk And Crisis Reduction
- Centre For Youth Initiative On Self Education
- CAFSO-WRAG for Development
- Peace Heritage Foundation
- Climate and sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet)
- Nigeria Red Cross Society Oyo State Branch
- Food For All Initiative
- Justice and Development Peace Commission (JDPC)
- Development Agenda For Western Nigerian (DAWN COMMISSION)
- Centre for Grassroots Women Advancement and Development
- Association of Nigerian Women in Business
Representatives of NGOs and MDAs at the three days workshop to develop Oyo state
contingency plan for effective humanitarian response.
A REPORT OF 2- DAY TRAINING OF TRAINERS WORKSHOP ON PEACE EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS HELD IN OGUN STATE SOUTH WEST NIGERIA
In Nigeria today, the number of conflicts witnesses within communities have increased with the heightening involvement of youths in violent activities. Every region accounts for its fare share of violence which includes terrorism, gangsterism, kidnapping, vandalization, ethnic militia attacks etc. In order to build a culture of peace amongst children in the south west region of Nigeria, WANEP – Nigeria in collaboration with Stephanie Peacebuilding and Development Foundation (SPADEV) with support from the Ministering of Foreign Affairs of Denmark – DANIDA, Austrian Development Cooperation and SIDA organized a 2- day training of trainers’ workshop on Peace Education for Teachers from primary and secondary schools within Ogun State. The event which held at Indices Suites and Gardens Abeokuta on 21st and 22nd November, 2013 had key stakeholders from the educational sector and teachers in attendance.
Amongst the dignitaries in attendance were the Chairman SUBEB who was represented by the Director School Services - Mr. Ogunkola T.A; Honorable Commissioner Ministry of Education represented by the Director Educational Support Services - Mr. Akinsolu M.S and the Chairman Teaching Service Commission represented by the Director Planning, Research and Statistics Mr. Yomi Sanya. The WANEP State Coordinator- Honorable Adeshola Afariogun and the South West Zonal Coordinator – Mr. Adekunle Onamusi were also present at the program.
The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP-Nigeria held a two day expert’s meeting In Lagos on 21st and 22nd October, 2013. The meeting brought together experts on early warning, conflict prevention and transformation, human security, gender mainstreaming, security sector reforms, climate change, disaster risk reduction and information technology to review the indicators of the National Early Warning System (NEWS) to adequately capture current human security threats in Nigeria. Some national issues that shaped the review include: violent extremism, resurgence of militancy, organized crimes and environmental challenges. The road map for the effectiveness of NEWS online forum which will be linked to social media platforms was developed. This is to facilitate a robust public discourse on critical human security threats as well as enhance wider contribution and response to issues of peace and security in Nigeria. The review, will enable NEWS be more effective in feeding the regional West Africa Early Warning and Response Network (WARN) and ECOWAS’s ECOWARN. The meeting was supported by the Government of Sweden, DANIDA and Austria Development Cooperation through WANEP regional office in Ghana.
Participants at the two day National Early Warning System review meeting
Federal Ministry of the Environment
3- DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION FOR SMALL SCALE FARMERS HELD 10th- 13th SEPTEMBER, 2012 AT IDYLL FOUNTAIN HOTEL, ABUJA
With support from Oxfam GB and its partners UNDP and the Federal Ministry of Environment-Climate Change Department; the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Nigeria and Nigeria Conservation Foundation organized a 3-day Training of Trainers’ workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture. The training had in attendance small holder agro-producers, Agric extension officers and relevant non-governmental organizations in Nassarawa, Katsina and Plateau state.
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|Activity Report of WIPNET Members in Akwa Ibom State A.K.A Iban Emem (Women of Peace)|
Activity Report of WIPNET Members in Akwa Ibom State A.K.A
Iban Emem (Women of Peace)
Advocacy Visits to Paramount Rulers of of Ikot Ekpene and Itu Local Government Areas.
The Women in Peacebuilding Program, WIPNET, of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, WANEP was established in the year 2003 with the broad goal to elevate women from their state of obscurity to the fore to enable them play key roles alongside men in building peace. This was based on the realization that ‘gender and peacebuilding’ did not adequately respond to the existing gap between men and women and that men and women cannot attain equal opportunities espoused in the gender equality definition if women are absent from the scene altogether.
In line with WIPNET’s goal of building women’s capacity to play active and visible roles in peace-building in Nigeria, the current project “Sustaining Women Social Networking for Effective Participation in Peace Processes in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria” is geared towards training and mobilizing platform for women groups and relevant agencies for policy engagement and sustainable peacebuilding interventions; conflict prevention and peace advocacy in the states of the Niger Delta. It is a three year project that spans 2011-2013. Two communities were selected in each of the Niger Delta States with the Training of women Leaders otherwise referred as TOT and with the mandate to replicate these trainings to twenty five women in each community for replications and mentoring.
As a sequel to the replication trainings carried out in Ikot Ekpene and Itu Local Government Areas, the women leaders carried out advocacy visits to the paramount rulers of these Local Government Areas in order to facilitate women’s participation in peace processes and leadership at the community levels. The group met with His Royal Majesty (HRM) Augustine E.J. Assiak and His Royal Majesty (HRM) Edidem Edet Akpan Inyang and their council of chiefs to introduce WANEP/WIPNET to them in the communities and Akwa Ibom State at large.
The team leader of the group, Mrs Regina Fabaian, briefed the council members on the Vision, Mission and Objectives of WANEP, she also presented some WANEP/WIPNET Publications to the council members. They in turn expressed their joy at the women’s willingness to work with traditional institutions in fostering peace and development in the community.
The Iban Emem group which also comprised of Mrs Helen Amos, Evang Stella Umo, Mrs Rosemary Akpabio and the WIPNET Focal Person for the South South Zone Ms. Ann Uduka visited Ibiono Ibom NCWS to celebrate the 2012 International Women’s Day.
As measures of strengthening the association, members of Iban Emem (Women of Peace) in Akwa Ibom State have agreed to have a uniform, open a bank account and register as a cooperative society. The group is also planning for a peace march in a selected community on the International Peace Day slated for September 21, 2012.