By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Kukah Centre (TKC) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Institute of Peace Studies and Conflict Management (IPSCM) of the Taraba State University, Jalingo to tackle conflicts in the state and beyond.
The MOU signing was the high point of a one day conference by the Kukah centre in partnership with (IPSCM) supported by the Department of International Development (DFID) from UK on ensuring sustainable peace and development in Taraba.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr Attah Barkindo, the Director of Kukah centre said the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Dr Matthew Kukah established the centre in 2008 to raise funds to conduct research that would turn out results that would help build a peaceful society.
Barkindo noted that it was unfortunate that the entire North East region with a population of over 30 million people does not have a functional company that can employ up to 5,000 people.
He however, urged the young people to stop drugs, violence and blind support to politicians without vision for development of the society.
In his comments, Prof Talla Ngaraka, Director Institute of Peace Studies and Conflict Management (IPSCM) said the centre was happy to have an understanding with Kukah centre which already had a global outlook.
Ngaraka noted that the MOU signing was the major move by IPSCM to effectively carry out peace management.
Prof Vincent Tenebe, the Vice Chancellor of the Taraba State University, Jalingo expressed delight over the MOU with a reputable organization like Kukah Centre.
Represented by Dr Nicholas Nimesan, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Tenebe said the MOU would help the university to contribute better to a peaceful Taraba and the nation.
Fr Justine Dyikuk, a fellow of the Kukah centre and Dr Deji Abdulsalami of the Taraba State University, who presented papers at the occasion, urged the people to embrace alternative dispute resolution for a better society.
The religious leaders, traditional rulers, lecturers, security agents, women groups and students participated in the event.