The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps resolved about 39,167 conflicts across the country between 2016 and 2018, the United Nations Development Programme has said.
The UNDP noted that the NSCDC, through its Peace and Conflict Management Department, resolved 12,144 cases in 2016; 13,377 in 2017 and 13,646 in 2018.
The UNDP Team Leader, Governance and Peace Building Unit, Mr Mathew Alao, stated this in Abuja during a refresher course and review session for the NSCDC peace desk officers at the corps headquarters on Thursday.
He said the UNDP was ready to make more investments in the Department following the feat it had achieved over the years.
Alao stated, “Our organisation has discovered that it is better to invest more in training the NSCDC personnel in peace resolution than spending money to purchase weapons. The UNDP will also create a department in the Nigeria Police so as to complement what the NSCDC is doing.
“The UNDP decided to support six state commands’ peace units that have been doing well in mediation with the equipment needed to perform better.
“We are planning to establish a peace and conflict resolution unit in the police because we believe that the police and the NSCDC have the capacity to resolve more than 50 per cent of conflicts in the country.”
The Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammadu, said peace desk officers from the North-East, North-West and North-Central geopolitical zones were invited for the five-day refresher workshop.
The CG, represented by the Deputy Commandant-General in charge of Crisis Management Directorate, Emmanuel Adeoye, said the workshop was to equip officers in the areas of efficient local community peace building, peacemaking and conflict management at the grassroots level.