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Army peacekeeping centre, Uni-Ilorin partner on peace studies

The Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, has signed a memorandum of understanding with University of Ilorin Centre For Peace And Strategic Studies to promote research on peace studies.

The Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, located at Jaji Cantonment in Kaduna State, was established by the Nigerian Army to undertake research studies in peace operations among other things.

The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, said that the two institutions had mutually agreed to facilitate and coordinate research projects through the agreement.

Represented by the Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans, Maj.-Gen. Tari-Timiye Gagariga, Attahiru said that the two institutions had also agreed to promote the organisation of seminars and academic interactive sessions.

He said that the centres would also undertake other professional development activities such as joint training and human capacity building as well as development of curriculum on executive courses in peacekeeping.

According to him, the partnership will therefore lead to the issuance of certificate in Masters in Peace and Security Studies or Masters in Peace and Strategic Studies, among others.

“I must state that the implementation of the agreement would involve exchange of staff and students of both institutions and this would strengthen interface in existing theoretical and practical knowledge.

“On the whole, the agreement would promote cordial relationships, thus influencing civil-Military activities, as well as relationship with University of Ilorin in academic matters, researches and other areas of mutual benefits.

“It is envisaged that Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre would continue its collaboration with national and international institutions,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, said that the partnership would help the university to achieve its desired objective of supporting peace efforts in the country.

Abdulkareem said that peace study was the best alternative globally, adding that it was cheaper to pursue peace than resolving crises.

He said that the global aspect of the agreement would move the university to a higher ground and enable the researchers of the university to attain greater level.

“The idea is that you are the strength of the nation and we would be able to work with you to advance the course of the nation.

“My belief is that the peace study is a cheaper alternative globally or otherwise when you considered that the alternative is war because I know that anytime we are able to prevent conflict, it will be better for mankind,” he said.

The Commandant of Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, Maj.-Gen. James Ataguba, said the centre was established to play important roles in peace support studies.

Ataguba said that the centre had been partnering institutions both locally and internationally.

He also said that the centre had so far, trained more than 53,000 personnel drawn from the military, police, paramilitary, ministries, departments and agencies of government.

He said the centre had fulfilled the prerequisites for accreditation by the UN leading to the accreditation of military observers course in 2020 among others.

According to him, the memorandum of understanding will involve exchange of lecturers while the centre will stimulate the use of facilities among the two institutions.

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